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Arix Bioscience PLC: Interim Results for the Six Months Ended 30 June 2020

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Arix Bioscience PLC: Interim Results for the Six Months Ended 30 June 2020

08-Sep-2020 / 07:00 GMT/BST
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Arix Bioscience plc

Interim Results for the Six Months Ended 30 June 2020

LONDON, 8 September 2020: Arix Bioscience plc ("Arix", LSE: ARIX) a global venture capital company focused on investing in and building breakthrough biotech companies, today announces its interim results for the period ended 30 June 2020.

Financial highlights

  • Net Asset Value of £251.0 million (December 2019: £202.1 million); 185p per share (December 2019: 149p); a 24% increase for the first six months of 2020
  • Net positive portfolio revaluation of £51.7 million[1] in the period
  • Gross Portfolio Value of £203.4 million (December 2019: £149.2 million)
  • £11.6 million of capital deployed into the portfolio during the period
  • £9.1 million of capital realised during the period
  • Cash of £44.0 million (December 2019: £54.6 million)
  • 20% IRR generated by the Gross Portfolio since inception in 2016

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[1] Including FX

Operational and strategic progress:

  • Significantly reduced net operating costs by over 35%, to an annual run rate of approximately £5.0m by the end of 2021, (down from £8.0m in 2019) which represents less than 2% of current NAV (down from 4.0% in 2019).
  • Further strengthened the Arix platform with the establishment of a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) comprised of leading researchers and industry executives dedicated to improving treatments for patients.
  • Naseem Amin appointed as Executive Chairman, bringing over 29 years of experience in the life sciences industry. Former roles include: CSO at Smith & Nephew, VP of Business and Clinical Development at Biogen and Genzyme.
  • Christian Schetter moved into a Managing Director role, bringing 22 years of operating experience to the senior team and a track record of building successful biotech companies through to product approval and/or acquisition by big pharma.
  • Jonathan Tobin appointed to Managing Director, recognising his commitment and contribution to advancing great science through Arix's portfolio of innovative biotech companies.
  • Further strengthened Arix senior team with the appointment of Noor Lalani to Public Investments Director, bringing over 15 years of capital markets and portfolio management expertise.

 

Portfolio highlights

  • $391.5 million of proceeds raised by Arix portfolio companies in the year to date
    • Imara raised gross proceeds of $86.5 million in a Nasdaq IPO, in which Arix invested $3.0 million (£2.4 million)
    • Quench Bio completed a $35.0 million Series A financing, in which Arix committed $6.0 million (£4.6 million)
    • Autolus completed an $80.0 million follow-on financing from leading institutional investors
    • Amplyx completed a $53.0 million Series C extension, from new investors Pfizer and Adage Capital
    • Post-period end, VelosBio completed a $137.0 million Series B financing, in which Arix invested $4.0 million (£3.2 million)

 

  • Continued clinical progress in the portfolio:
    • Autolus (17% of NAV) reported positive data from its AUTO1 programme in adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (adult ALL) and transitioned this programme into a pivotal trial. The company also reported encouraging data from its AUTO3 programme in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL)
    • Imara (14% of NAV) reported encouraging initial Phase 2a data from its IMR-687 clinical study for patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) and initiated Phase 2b trials in SCD and beta-thalassemia
    • Harpoon (12% of NAV) reported positive interim Phase 1 data from its HPN424 programme in prostate cancer and announced the dosing of the first patient with HPN217 in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial focused on relapsed, refractory multiple myeloma (RRMM), which triggered a $50 million milestone payment from AbbVie
    • Aura (4% of NAV) presented further positive safety and efficacy data from the ongoing AU-011 Phase 1b/2 study for choroidal melanoma
    • Atox Bio (3% of NAV) completed its Phase 3 pivotal study for necrotizing soft tissue infections (NSTI) and is preparing to submit a New Drug Application (NDA) in Q3 2020, following a meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    • Amplyx (2% of NAV) announced positive top line data following the completion of its Phase 2 clinical trial of fosmanogepix (APX001) as a first-line treatment for patients with invasive fungal infections caused by Candida. Additionally Amplyx announced that the first patient has been dosed in its Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of MAU868 for the treatment of BK viremia in kidney transplant recipients

 

 

Outlook - Key anticipated milestones

Data generated from our clinical pipeline will be a key driver of value and whilst clinical development is not without risk, and the recruitment of clinical trials globally has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, we have a number of portfolio companies approaching key milestones over the next 18 months. In particular, we note the following anticipated value-driving milestones across our portfolio:

  • Autolus (17% of NAV) expects to present long term follow up Phase 1 data from its AUTO1 programme in adult ALL by the end of 2020, with pivotal data expected in H2 2021 and approval targeted for 2022. Autolus also expects to report updated Phase 1 data from AUTO3 in DLBCL by the end of 2020 and over the next 18 months the company expects to transition multiple next generation programmes into the clinic.
  • Imara (14% of NAV) expects to announce updated results from its IMR-687 Phase 2a clinical study in sickle cell disease (SCD) by the end of 2020 and report interim Phase 2b data in SCD and beta-thalassemia in 2021.
  • Harpoon (12% of NAV) expects to present interim data from its HPN536 Phase1/2a clinical trial for ovarian and pancreatic cancer and initiate the HPN328 Phase 1/2 clinical study in small cell lung cancer by the end of 2020.
  • Artios (8% of NAV) expects to file an Investigational New Drug (IND) application for its ATR inhibitor programme by the end of 2020, with Phase 1 initiation planned for H1 2021.
  • LogicBio (8% of NAV) expects to initiate a Phase 1/2 clinical study for LB-001 for the treatment of methylmalonic acidemia in the first half of 2021.
  • Aura (4% of NAV) expects to initiate a Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating suprachoroidal (SC) delivery of AU-011 in patients with choroidal melanoma, in the second half of 2020. Aura also expects to report Phase 2 data from the Phase 3 eligible patient cohort of its clinical trial evaluating intravitreal injection (IVT) administration of AU-011 in patients with choroidal melanoma in H1 2021.
  • Atox Bio (3% of NAV) expects to submit an NDA with the FDA by the end of 2020, for its NSTI drug reltecimod, under Accelerated Approval Pathway.
  • Amplyx (2% of NAV) expects to report interim Phase 2 data in Candida auris and invasive aspergillosis by the end of 2020 and plans to initiate a Phase 3 trial in invasive candidiasis by the end of 2021.

 

Dr Naseem Amin, Executive Chairman of Arix Bioscience plc, commented:

"This has been a pivotal period for Arix and our companies. We have refocused and streamlined the business, significantly reducing costs in order to maximise returns for our shareholders. Over the period our portfolio has continued to make strong progress, with a number of companies reaching important clinical milestones and completing additional financing rounds at higher valuations.

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented an unprecedented challenge to the healthcare sector and economies worldwide. During this time, we have been working closely with our portfolio companies to help support them through this disruption and minimise any impact to ongoing clinical trials and scientific research. We have been fortunate in seeing minimal delays to clinical trials across the portfolio, in part due to the acute setting that many of these companies operate in. We syndicate all our deals with top tier biotech venture capital firms, and as such our portfolio companies are well financed and well positioned to navigate through any potential delays as a result of the pandemic.

We enter the second half of 2020 with strong momentum in our portfolio and with multiple additional clinical data readouts expected. In addition to clinical milestones, there is potential for M&A, strategic partnerships and other financing events across the portfolio, which could significantly increase the value of our companies, and in turn our NAV. Whilst the development of important new medicines always carries risk, over the next three years we expect to see at least two additional IPOs across the portfolio and at least two exits. We are targeting an annual IRR of 15 to 25 per cent, generating a NAV of up to £500m by 2023. Through strong execution of our strategy we expect to generate significant returns for our investors over the medium to long term, through capital growth and the potential for distributions where returns exceed the capital needed for reinvestment. We have a highly seasoned leadership and ambitious team, supported by a high calibre Scientific Advisory Board and Board, and close relationships with pharmaceutical and academic partners. These give us a unique platform and competitive advantage to execute our strategy."

 

Conference Call and Presentation Information   

The Arix interim results presentation is available to view on our investor relations website at: https://arixbioscience.com/investor-relations/events-presentations

The Arix management team will host a Q&A conference call today, 8 September, at 12:30 pm BST/ 7:30am EST, to answer questions on the interim financial results and operational progress. To access the live and subsequent replay of this webcast, please register here.

The call may also be accessed by dialling +44 (0)330 336 9411 or +1 323-794-2597. Please reference confirmation code 8212826.

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Enquiries

For more information on Arix, please contact:

Arix Bioscience plc

Charlotte Parry, Head of Investor Relations

+44 (0)20 7290 1072

[email protected]

 

Optimum Strategic Communications

Mary Clark, Supriya Mathur

T: +44 (0) 20 3950 9144

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About Arix Bioscience plc

Arix Bioscience plc is a global venture capital company focused on investing in and building breakthrough biotech companies around cutting edge advances in life sciences.

We collaborate with exceptional entrepreneurs and provide the capital, expertise and global networks to help accelerate their ideas into important new treatments for patients. As a listed company, we are able to bring this exciting growth phase of our industry to a broader range of investors. www.arixbioscience.com

 

Arix Bioscience plc

Half-Yearly Report and Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

Six months ended 30 June 2020

 

Executive Chairman Statement

Overview

Arix has made strong progress in the first half of 2020. Net Asset Value (NAV) increased by 24% over the first six months of 2020 to £251 million (185p per share), and we see significant momentum building across our portfolio.

Since moving into the Executive Chairman role in April 2020, I have been working with the board and management team to refocus and strengthen the business, in order to drive value for our shareholders. We have made considerable progress in the past few months and I am confident that the business is now optimally positioned to maximise the significant potential across the portfolio and as such, returns for investors.

Notably we have reduced net operating costs (excluding depreciation and amortisation) by over 35% to an annual run rate of approximately £5.0m in 2021, (down from £8.0m in 2019) which represents less than 2% of current NAV. We have expanded the expertise of the team and further enhanced our networks, with the addition of a Scientific Advisory Board, comprising leading researchers and industry executives.

We have also completed a portfolio and strategy review, following which we have decided to focus on 11 companies (out of 16 in the Gross Portfolio) which we believe have the potential to deliver significant value for investors over the short to medium term. These 11 companies make up 97% of Gross Portfolio Value. We will continue to work closely with these companies, supporting our active investments through important clinical milestones. There is already significant value in these companies and with multiple clinical milestones expected over the next 18 months, we see significant growth potential across this portfolio in the near term.

In addition to clinical milestones, there is potential for M&A, strategic partnerships and other financing events across the portfolio which could significantly increase the value of our companies, and in turn our NAV. Over the next three years we expect to see at least two additional IPO's, two or more exits and there is potential for three approved products across the portfolio by 2023.  We are targeting an IRR of 15%-25%, generating a NAV of up to £500m by 2023.

We remain focused on life sciences, investing in the most innovative companies addressing serious unmet medical need, unconstrained by geography, stage of development and therapeutic area. Going forward, we see 10-15 portfolio companies as the portfolio size that the management team can support. We expect two-thirds of our investments will be in clinical stage companies, with the remainder in seed and Series A investments.

Overall, the portfolio made good progress in the first six months of 2020, with several companies reaching important clinical milestones and completing additional financing rounds, as detailed below.

We invested £12 million into the Gross Portfolio in the period, including new investments in Imara, VelosBio and Quench Bio, as well previously tranched milestone investments into existing portfolio companies (Atox Bio, STipe Therapeutics and Aura Biosciences). In aggregate, our portfolio companies raised $392 million during the six-month period, putting them in a strong position to execute on their important clinical development programmes.

As we continue to place a greater emphasis on realisations, we were pleased to sell down a further 15% of our holding in Harpoon during the period; we achieved a blended price of over $21 a share, near the stock's all-time highs, which generated cash proceeds of $8.1 million (£6.6 million).  We have now realised £10.9 million from our investment in Harpoon, at an IRR of 49%, and still retain an 8.8% stake in the business, which was valued at £29.5 million at the period end.

To date we have realised £13 million from the Gross Portfolio through active management of our public holdings, leveraging our deep understanding of the companies we have invested in to optimise the timing of our disposals.

We expect to derive further value from the growth of our portfolio over the next 12-18 months, through either M&A, IPO and/or equity sale, which will provide fresh capital for us to re-invest in the next generation of the portfolio and offers the potential to return value to shareholders.  The timing of any disposals is guided by our deep understanding of the risk adjusted value of our portfolio companies, which we have been invested in and worked closely with for several years.

 

Portfolio Performance

Portfolio companies continued to make good clinical and financial progress. Successful financing rounds with valuation uplifts were completed by Imara (+46%), VelosBio (+95%) and Quench Bio (+40%). In addition, the share prices of portfolio companies listed on the Nasdaq generally performed well during the period.

Operationally, there was good progress in the portfolio, with notable highlights including positive data readouts from Autolus, Harpoon, Aura, Amplyx and Imara, along with new trial initiations from Autolus, Harpoon and Aura. Our portfolio companies are collectively running 19 clinical trials and conducting over 20 pre-clinical studies, providing Arix with multiple shots on goal for value creation.

Key Portfolio Company Updates

Clinical Companies

Imara (17% of GPV, 14% of NAV)

Imara is developing IMR-687 for the chronic treatment of sickle cell disease (SCD) and beta-thalassemia. The company made strong operational and clinical progress over the period, notably completing a successful Nasdaq IPO raising $86.5 million. Arix invested a further $3.0 million (£2.3 million) in the IPO, retaining a total stake of 9.0% in the business.  At 30 June, Arix's stake was valued at £34.8m, reflecting a valuation increase of £19.6m in the period.

Imara has also made strong clinical progress this year. During the period, the company reported positive Phase 2a interim safety and efficacy data for its lead product candidate, IMR-687, in patients with SCD. The data demonstrated that IMR-687 was well tolerated as a monotherapy and in combination with hydroxurea (HU), the current standard of care. Following these results, the company has initiated Phase 2b clinical trials in both SCD and beta-thalassemia. Additionally, the FDA granted IMR-687 Orphan, Fast Track and Rare Pediatric Disease designations in patients with beta-thalassemia. Post period end, the European Commission granted Orphan Drug designation for IMR-687 for patients with SCD. IMR-687 has previously been granted Orphan Drug, Fast Track and Rare Pediatric Disease designations from the FDA for patients with SCD.

Finally, Imara is leveraging IMR-687's differentiated mechanism of action to begin preclinical studies exploring its potential for the treatment of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, or HFpEF. The company expects to report top-line data from its ongoing Phase 2a clinical trial in SCD during the fourth quarter of 2020 and currently does not anticipate any delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Harpoon Therapeutics (15% of GPV, 12% of NAV)

Harpoon is a clinical-stage immunotherapy company developing a novel class of T cell engagers that harness the power of the body's immune system to treat patients suffering from cancer and other diseases. The company continues to make good clinical progress with its TriTAC(R) T cell engager pipeline. During the period Harpoon presented encouraging interim Phase 1 data for its lead programme, HPN424, in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. Initial safety data showed that HPN424 is generally well tolerated, and early signals of clinical activity were suggested by multiple patients remaining on study for more than 24 weeks. During the period Harpoon also provided an update on its second programme, HPN536, currently being studied for the treatment of mesothelin-expressing tumours. Harpoon highlighted that the dose escalation portion of the study was progressing and, as of May 2020, included 15 ovarian and 10 pancreatic cancer patients. Adverse events were shown to be transient and manageable, and early pharmacokinetic data showed half-life extension supporting once-weekly dosing.

 In addition, the company announced the dosing of the first patient with HPN217 in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial focused on relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma (RRMM). HPN217 is covered by a global development and option agreement with AbbVie Inc. and dosing of the first patient in the clinical trial triggered a $50 million milestone payment, which was received in June. HPN217 targets B-cell maturation antigen (BCMA), a well-validated target expressed on multiple myeloma cells. HPN217 is Harpoon's third product candidate to enter the clinic.

In July, Harpoon also submitted an IND for HPN328, its fourth TriTAC pipeline programme, for the treatment of DLL3-expressing tumours including small cell lung cancer. During the second half of 2020, Harpoon expects to advance HPN328 into the clinic and report data from its HPN536 programme.

As of the date of Harpoon's second quarter interim report, the company had not yet experienced any material delays or impacts as a result of COVID-19.

Autolus Therapeutics (21% of GPV, 17% of NAV)

Autolus is developing next generation programmed T cell therapies for the treatment of cancer. The company continued to make strong clinical progress in the period, reporting encouraging Phase 1 data in its AUTO1 programme in adult ALL, which showed a favourable safety profile, high level of clinical activity, with a high rate of CRs that continue to be sustained. Notably, these positive results have enabled Autolus to progress AUTO1 to a pivotal Phase 1b/2 trial. The company is targeting having full data by the end of 2021, with potential Biologics License Application (BLA) filing targeted for 2022.

During the period, Autolus also reported positive data from its second later stage programme, AUTO3, in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), which showed encouraging signs of durable complete responses and a strong safety profile, supporting potential for outpatient use. As an outpatient therapy, AUTO3 would be able to reach the total addressable relapsed refractory DLBCL patient population, giving it a strong competitive advantage.

Autolus also presented positive pre-clinical data across several different next generation programmes at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) conference in June. These included AUTO5 (T cell lymphoma), AUTO6 NG (small cell lung cancer) and AUTO7 (prostate cancer).

During the COVID-19 crisis Autolus has continued to manufacture from its UK operations at the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult located in Stevenage without interruption, including supply of clinical product for the treatment of US DLBCL patients in its AUTO3 study.

Autolus will have a further data updates for AUTO3 at ESMO in September and further updates for both AUTO1 and AUTO3 in Q4 2020 and expects to initiate new Phase 1 clinical trials in pediatric ALL (AUTO1NG) and multiple myeloma (AUTO8) in the second half of 2020.

VelosBio (9% of GPV, 7% of NAV)

VelosBio is a next-generation oncology company, developing novel antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) to treat haematological cancers and solid tumours. Shortly after the period-end, VelosBio completed an oversubscribed Series B financing of $137.0 million following strong interest from leading, global healthcare investors. The financing recognised a 95% (£7.9 million) uplift in the book value of Arix's holding in VelosBio at 30 June.

The proceeds from the Series B round will be used to further advance the clinical development of Velos' lead compound, VLS-101, and support the continued expansion of its pipeline of bispecific antibodies and next-generation ADCs against the novel cancer target, ROR1 (a cell surface antigen present on a range of haematologic and solid tumour malignancies). VLS-101 is a ROR1-directed ADC that is currently being studied in a first-in-human Phase 1 clinical trial in patients with refractory haematologic cancers, with studies in solid tumour patients to begin later this year. The company expects to report Phase 1 data from VLS-101, in haematological cancers, by the end of this year.

On 31 August, VelosBio announced the FDA has granted the company Fast Track and Orphan Drug designation for VLS-101 for the treatment of patients with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL).

Amplyx (3% of GPV, 2% of NAV)

Amplyx is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing innovative therapies for debilitating and life-threatening diseases in patients with compromised immune systems. During the period Amplyx announced positive topline data following the completion of its Phase 2 clinical trial of fosmanogepix (APX001) as a first-line treatment for patients with invasive fungal infections caused by Candida. The trial met its primary efficacy endpoint, demonstrating a treatment success rate of 80%. Fosmanogepix was well tolerated with no treatment-related serious adverse events or discontinuations and importantly, patients were able to easily transition from intravenous to oral formulations during their treatment.

In August, post period end, Amplyx announced that the first patient has been dosed in its Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of MAU868 for the treatment of BK viremia in kidney transplant recipients. MAU868 is a novel, human monoclonal antibody that potently neutralises all four major genotypes of BK virus (BKV), for which there are currently no treatment options.  Dosing the first patient represents a strong start to this important clinical trial and a key milestone in Amplyx's development programme, taking the business one step closer to bringing a first-in-class treatment to the vulnerable patients at risk for this devastating transplant complication.

The current pandemic has highlighted how devastating infectious diseases can be and reinforces the need for new and novel anti-infective agents capable of combating emerging threats.  During these unprecedented times, Amplyx is aware of the challenges being faced by health services and the clinicians at the front line of delivering health care. Despite these challenges, their Phase 2 studies and expanded access programs remain open. 

 

Aura Biosciences (4% of GPV, 4% of NAV)

Aura Biosciences is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing a new class of oncology therapies based on the combination of a viral like particle with high affinity to tumour cells coupled to a laser-activatable dye. Aura's drug binds to malignant tumour cells with high specificity and once the dye is activated by a short laser treatment there is an acute tumour cell necrosis.

During the period, Aura presented updated clinical data from its ongoing Phase 1b/2 clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of light-activated AU-011, Aura's lead product candidate for the first line treatment of primary choroidal melanoma, a rare and aggressive type of eye cancer. This open-label, multicentre trial is designed to investigate single and multiple ascending doses of light-activated AU-011, administered via intravitreal injection, in adult subjects with clinically diagnosed primary choroidal melanoma. The clinical data presented during the period show that AU-011 has a favourable preliminary safety profile, controls tumour growth rate, and preserves vision in the vast majority of patients, including those at high risk for vision loss with tumours close to the fovea and optic nerve. In the Phase 2 part of this study the company has enrolled patients with documented tumour growth prior to treatment, constituting the patient population targeted in a potential future Phase 3 study. In this cohort an optimised dose and treatment schedule is applied. The data are currently maturing to provide support of tumour growth control at 12 months post treatment in this relevant Phase 3 eligible patient population and the trial continues to be supportive of further clinical investigation in pivotal studies.

Aura is also planning to initiate a Phase 2 clinical trial evaluating suprachoroidal (SC) delivery of AU-011 in patients with choroidal melanoma, in the second half of 2020. Aura believes that delivering AU-011 into the suprachoroidal space within the eye, has the potential to maximise bioavailability at the tumour site and could allow for the treatment of a wider range of tumour sizes (small to medium size tumours), and therefore, a larger number of patients.

Atox Bio (3% of GPV, 3% of NAV)

Atox Bio is a late stage clinical company that develops immunotherapies for critically ill patients. During the period, Atox Bio announced results from its Phase 3 clinical trial for patients with Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection ("Flesh Eating Disease"). The results were published in the journal Annals of Surgery in a paper titled "A Novel Immune Modulator for Patients with Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections (NSTI): Results of a Multicenter, Phase 3 Randomized Controlled Trial of Reltecimod (AB 103)". Results from the trial showed that Atox Bio's drug Reltecimod had a positive effect on resolution of organ dysfunction patients with necrotizing soft tissue infection (NSTI). 

NSTI is a potentially life-threatening condition with significant morbidity and long-term mortality that has no FDA-approved treatment.  As this was the first pivotal study ever performed in NSTI, a necrotizing infection clinical composite endpoint (NICCE) was developed. This endpoint was designed to assess both the local and systemic components of NSTI and included the measurement of resolution of organ dysfunction/failure. Treatment effects in composite NICCE primary endpoint were significant in the clinically evaluable (CE) population analysis but not in the primary modified intent to treat analysis. Atox Bio believes that, the CE population reflects the more clinically relevant and statistically appropriate patient population for evaluation of the treatment effect of reltecimod.  The company has reviewed the top line results of this trial with the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and, based on these discussions, plans to submit a New Drug Application (NDA) to the FDA in Q3 2020 under the Accelerated Approval Pathway. This is a major milestone for the company and takes it one step closer to a potential treatment option for patients with this debilitating disease.

Pre-clinical companies

LogicBio Therapeutics (10% of GPV, 8% of NAV)

LogicBio Therapeutics is a genome editing company, dedicated to extending the reach of genetic medicine with pioneering targeted delivery platforms. In August, post period end, LogicBio announced that the FDA has cleared its IND application for LB-001 for the treatment of methylmalonic acidemia in paediatric patients. This is an important step forward for LogicBio, enabling the company to move LB-001 towards clinical development. The SUNRISE study is a multi-centre, open-label, Phase 1/2 clinical trial designed to assess the safety and tolerability of a single intravenous infusion of LB-001 in paediatric patients with MMA characterized by methylmalonyl-CoA mutase gene (MMUT) mutations. The trial is expected to enrol eight paediatric patients with ages ranging from six months to 12 years, initially starting with three to 12-year-old patients and then adding patients aged six months to 2 years. LogicBio expects to initiate the Phase 1/2 clinical trial next year, enrolling the first patient in early 2021.

LogicBio is also developing a Next Generation Capsid platform for use in gene editing and gene therapies. Data presented have shown that the capsids deliver highly efficient functional transduction of human hepatocytes with improved manufacturability with low levels of pre-existing neutralizing antibodies in human samples. Top-tier capsid candidates from this effort demonstrated significant improvements over benchmark AAVs currently in clinical development. LogicBio is developing these highly potent vectors for internal development candidates and potentially for business development collaborations.

Artios Pharma (9% of GPV, 8% of NAV)

Artios continued to advance its world-leading DDR programmes, bringing the company closer to clinical data. Artios has made significant progress on its ATR inhibitor in-licensed from MD Anderson as well as on its Pol Theta programme, with first development candidates for ATR (ART0380) scheduled to be IND ready by Q4 2020 and the Pol theta candidate ART4215 by Q2 2021. These will be important milestones for the company, taking it a step closer to clinical development of two DDR assets in 2021, with the first Phase 1 clinical trial expected to commence for ART0380 in January 2021. In addition, the company continued to work on its extensive pipeline of nuclease inhibitors that work in different genetic backgrounds. Earlier this year, the company expanded its team with the appointment of Bryony Harrop (formerly Oncology Delivery Director at Astra Zeneca), as Vice President of Clinical Development to prepare its broad pipeline of innovative cancer treatments for the clinic.

Drug Discovery Companies (5% of GPV, 4% of NAV)

These companies are start-ups in the initial stages of research and development. As such they are higher risk but have the potential to deliver significant value as they progress towards clinical development.  Notably, during the period we announced the Series A financing and launch of Quench Bio, a company that we created and seeded with Atlas Venture in June 2018. This is the first company we have co-founded and formed from scratch, combining scientific discoveries from professors in Germany with entrepreneurs and co-investors in Boston. It encapsulates the benefits of Arix's transatlantic footprint and culture.

COVID-19 Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented an unprecedented challenge to public healthcare systems and economies worldwide. The safety and wellbeing of our employees is paramount, and we have adapted day-to-day operations to ensure that our team have been able to continue to work effectively from home despite the COVID-19 pandemic. 

During this time, we have been working closely with our portfolio companies to help support them in navigating through this disruption and minimising impact to ongoing clinical trials and scientific research. We have been fortunate in seeing minimal delays to clinical trials across the portfolio, in part due to the areas these companies operate in. We syndicate all our deals with top tier biotech venture capital firms, and as such our portfolio companies are well financed and well positioned to navigate through any potential delays as a result of the pandemic. Whilst clinical development is never without risk, we are confident that our companies are in strong positions to deliver significant growth over the long term.

Outlook

Arix has built a promising portfolio of highly innovative biotech companies developing therapies in important areas of medical need. Having completed the portfolio review, I am confident that we have 11 companies that have potential to deliver significant value for our investors over the near to medium turn. We are working closely with these companies to help them develop their clinical programmes, finances and options for value realisation.

Our portfolio companies have made significant progress in a relatively short period of time and are moving towards key clinical and development milestones in the year ahead. We enter the second half of 2020 with strong momentum in our portfolio. We expect data from several important clinical studies by the end of 2020, notably Phase 1/2 data from Autolus, Harpoon and VelosBio and Phase 2 data from Imara. Additionally, we expect Atox Bio to submit an NDA for Reltecimod in NSTI, taking it closer to being the first treatment for patients with this debilitating disease. We also expect a number of these companies to initiate further clinical studies by the end of the year, including Autolus, Aura, and Harpoon.

In addition to clinical milestones, there is potential for M&A, strategic partnerships and other financing events across the portfolio, which could significantly increase the value of our companies, and in turn our NAV. Over the next three years our goal is to derive value from the growth in our portfolio companies, through M&A, IPOs and/or sale of equity and we expect to deliver at least two strategic exits, at least two additional IPO's and see potential for three approved products across the portfolio. We are targeting a NAV of up to £500m by 2023, with an IRR of 15%-25%, which we believe to be both an ambitious and attainable target based upon upcoming catalysts across the portfolio.

Through strong execution of our strategy we expect to generate significant returns for our investors over the medium to long term, through capital growth and the potential for distributions where returns exceed the capital needed for reinvestment. We have a highly seasoned leadership and ambitious team, supported by a high calibre Scientific Advisory Board and Board, and close relationships with pharmaceutical and academic partners. These give us a unique platform and competitive advantage to execute our strategy.

Additionally, the Board will be working to further strengthen corporate governance, which will include the appointment of a Senior Independent Director as part of the Company's commitment to the UK Corporate Governance Code.

The current COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of our industry and the continued need for innovation and new treatment options. Our vision to address significant unmet needs in healthcare, through partnering with the most innovative entrepreneurs, will continue to remain of profound importance and offers significant opportunity.

 

Naseem Amin, MD

Executive Chairman

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Comprehensive Income

 

 

Note

 

Half Year to 30 June 2020

(unaudited)
£'000

 

Half Year to 30 June 2019

(unaudited)
£'000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change in fair value of investments

8

 

42,624

 

(39,058)

Revenue

7

 

192

 

266

Administrative expenses

 

 

(3,830)

 

(5,343)

Operating profit / (loss)

 

 

38,986

 

(44,135)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net finance income

 

 

87

 

480

Foreign exchange gains

 

 

9,306

 

743

Impairment of right-of-use asset

 

 

-

 

(485)

Share-based payment credit/(charge)

11

 

585

 

(1,411)

Profit / (loss) before taxation

 

 

48,964

 

(44,808)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taxation

9

 

-

 

5,883

Profit / (loss) for the period

 

 

48,964

 

(38,925)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Comprehensive Income

 

 

 

 

 

Exchange differences on translating foreign operations

 

 

536

 

91

Total comprehensive income / (loss) for the period

 

 

49,500

 

(38,834)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attributable to

 

 

 

 

 

Owners of Arix Bioscience plc

 

 

49,500

 

(38,834)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share (£)

6

 

0.38

 

(0.30)

Diluted earnings per share (£)

6

 

0.35

 

(0.30)

 

The above condensed consolidated interim statement of comprehensive income should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes, on pages 13 to 20.

 

 

 

 

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Financial Position

 

Note

 

30 June 2020

(unaudited)
£'000

 

31 December 2019

(audited)
£'000

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Current Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Investments held at fair value

8

 

206,157

 

151,921

Intangible assets

 

 

579

 

688

Property, plant and equipment

 

 

106

 

160

Right of use asset

 

 

-

 

249

Investment property

 

 

-

 

366

 

 

 

206,842

 

153,384

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Assets

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

43,995

 

54,638

Trade and other receivables

 

 

1,408

 

1,106

Investment property

 

 

256

 

 

Right of use asset

 

 

214

 

90

 

 

 

45,873

 

55,834

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL ASSETS

 

 

252,715

 

209,218

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

 

 (1,045)

 

(6,154)

Lease liability

 

 

(647)

 

(685)

Deferred tax liability

9

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

(1,692)

 

(6,839)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

Lease liability

 

 

-

 

(271)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES

 

 

(1,692)

 

(7,110)

 

 

 

 

 

 

NET ASSETS

 

 

251,023

 

202,108

 

 

 

 

 

 

EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

Share capital and share premium

10

 

188,585

 

188,585

Retained earnings

 

 

62,859

 

15,718

Other reserves

 

 

(421)

 

(2,195)

 

 

 

251,023

 

202,108

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL EQUITY

 

 

251,023

 

202,108

The above Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Financial Position should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes, on pages 13 to 20.

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Changes in Equity

For the six months ended 30 June 2020

 

 

Share Capital and Premium
£'000

Other Equity
£'000

Other Reserves

£'000

Retained Earnings
£'000

Total
£'000

As at 1 January 2020

188,585

(1,754)

(441)

15,718

202,108

Profit for the period

-

-

-

48,964

48,964

Other comprehensive income

-

-

1,774

(1,238)

536

Share-based payment credit

-

-

-

(585)

(585)

Acquisition of own shares

-

-

-

-

-

Issue of own shares to Employee Benefit trust

-

307

(307)

-

-

As at 30 June 2020 (unaudited)

188,585

(1,447)

1,026

62,859

251,023

 

 

 

Share Capital and Premium
£'000

Other Equity
£'000

Other Reserves
£'000

Retained Earnings
£'000

Total
£'000

As at 1 January 2019

188,585

(1,211)

782

82,018

270,174

Loss for the period

-

-

-

(38,925)

(38,925)

Other comprehensive income

-

-

159

(68)

91

Share-based payment charge

-

-

-

1,411

1,411

Acquisition of own shares

-

(978)

-

-

(978)

Issue of own shares to Employee Benefit trust

-

14

(14)

-

-

As at 30 June 2019 (unaudited)

188,585

(2,175)

927

44,436

231,773

 

The above Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Changes in Equity should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes, on pages 13 to 20.

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Cash Flows

For the six months ended 30 June 2020

 

 

 

 

Half Year to 30 June 2020

(unaudited)
£'000

 

Half Year to 30 June 2019

(unaudited)
£'000

Cash from operating activities

 

 

(4,566)

 

(5,402)

Tax paid

 

 

-

 

-

Net finance income received

 

 

87

 

479

Net cash from operating activities

 

 

(4,479)

 

(4,923)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of equity loan investments

 

 

(15,909)

 

(29,262)

Disposal of equity and loan investments

 

 

9,068

 

4,254

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

 

(5)

 

(5)

Net cash received from / (placed on) long-term deposit

 

 

-

 

19,867

Net cash from investing activities

 

 

(6,846)

 

(5,146)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of own shares by Employee Benefit Trust

 

 

-

 

(978)

Net cash from financing activities

 

 

-

 

(978)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (decrease) / increase in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

(11,325)

 

(11,047)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at start of period

 

 

54,638

 

31,009

Effect of exchange rate changes

 

(

682

 

(315)

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

 

43,995

 

19,647

 

The above Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Cash Flows should be read in conjunction with the accompanying notes, on pages 13 to 20.

Notes to the Financial Statements

 

  1. General information

The principal activity of Arix Bioscience plc (the "Company") and together with its subsidiaries (the "Arix Group" or "the Group") is to invest in and build breakthrough biotech companies around cutting edge advances in life sciences.

The Company is incorporated and domiciled in the United Kingdom. The Company was incorporated on 15 September 2015 as Perceptive Bioscience Investments Limited and changed its name to Arix Bioscience Limited. It subsequently re-registered as a public limited company and changed its name to Arix Bioscience plc. The registered office address is 20 Berkeley Square, London, W1J 6EQ. The registered number is 09777975.

These condensed consolidated interim financial statements were approved for issue on 7 September 2020.

These condensed consolidated interim financial statements do not comprise statutory accounts within the meaning of section 434 of the Companies Act 2006.  Statutory accounts for the year ended 31 December 2019 were approved by the board of directors on 10 March 2020 and delivered to the Registrar of Companies.  The report of the auditors on those accounts was unqualified, did not contain an emphasis of matter paragraph and did not contain any statement under section 498 of the Companies Act 2006.

These condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been reviewed, not audited.

  1. Basis of Preparation

These condensed interim financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2020 have been prepared on a going concern basis, in accordance with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the Financial Conduct Authority and with IAS 34, 'Interim financial reporting', as adopted by the European Union.  The going concern assessment includes the impact of COVID-19 on operations and the macroeconomic implications, some of which remain difficult to predict. Having performed the assessment, the directors consider it appropriate to prepare the interim financial statements on a going concern basis as the Group has sufficient liquidity and is well placed to manage business risks for a period of 12 months from the date of issue of the financial statements. 

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements should be read in conjunction with the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2019, which have been prepared in accordance with IFRSs as adopted by the European Union. The accounting policies adopted in the interim financial statements are consistent with those followed in the annual financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2019.

Taxes on income in the interim periods are accrued using the tax rate that would be applicable to the expected total annual profit or loss.

  1. Estimates

The preparation of interim financial statements requires management to make judgements, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, income and expense. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

In preparing these condensed consolidated interim financial statements, the significant judgements and estimates made by management in applying the Group's accounting policies and the key sources of estimation uncertainty were the same as those that are set on page 90 of the consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2019 and no retrospective adjustments were made.

 

  1. Segmental Information

Information for the purposes of resource allocation and assessment of performance is reported to the Arix Group's Executive Chairman, who is considered to be the chief operating decision maker, based wholly on the overall activities of the Arix Group.  It has therefore been determined that the Arix Group has only one reportable segment under IFRS 8 ('Operating Segments'), which is that of sourcing, financing and developing healthcare and life science businesses globally.  The Arix Group's revenue, results and assets for this one reportable segment can be determined by reference to the Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Comprehensive Income and Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Financial Position.

 

 

Notes to the Financial Statements (continued)

 

  1. Financial Risk Management and Financial Instruments

The Arix Group's activities expose it to a variety of financial risks: market risk (including currency risk, fair value interest rate risk, and cash flow interest rate risk), credit risk and liquidity risk.

 

The condensed consolidated interim financial statements do not include all financial risk management information and disclosures required in the annual financial statements; they should be read in conjunction with the Group's annual financial statements as at 31 December 2019.  There have been no changes in the risk management department or in any risk management policies since the year end.

 

  1. Earnings per Share

Basic earnings per share is calculated by dividing the profit/(loss) attributable to equity holders of Arix Bioscience plc by the weighted average number of unrestricted shares.

Potentially dilutive ordinary shares include options and conditional share awards issued under the Company's long-term incentive plans. 

 

 

2020
£'000

 

2019
£'000

Profit/(loss) attributable to equity holders of Arix Bioscience plc

 

49,500

 

(38,834)

Weighted average number of shares in issue

 

130,471,267

 

129,418,083

Fully diluted weighted average number of shares

 

142,931,280

 

140,864,320

Basic earnings/(loss) per share

 

£0.38

 

(£0.30)

Diluted earnings/(loss) per share

 

£0.35

 

(£0.30)

 

  1. Revenue

The total revenue for Arix Group has been derived from its principal activity of investing in and building breakthrough biotech companies around cutting edge advances in life sciences. All of this revenue relates to trading undertaken in the United Kingdom.

 

 

2020
£'000

 

2019
£'000

Fund management fee income

 

182

 

248

Other income

 

10

 

18

 

 

192

 

266

 

 

Notes to the Financial Statements (continued)

  1. Investments

 

 

 

Level 1- Quoted Investments
£'000

 

Level 3 - Unquoted Investments
£'000

 

Total
£'000

At 31 December 2019

 

 

87,844

 

64,077

 

151,921

Additions

 

 

3,486

 

8,115

 

11,601

Disposals

 

 

(9,068)

 

-

 

(9,068)

Transfers

 

 

11,707

 

(11,707)

 

-

Realised and unrealised gain on investments

 

 

29,667

 

12,957

 

42,624

Foreign exchange gains

 

 

5,550

 

3,529

 

9,079

At 30 June 2020

 

 

129,186

 

76,971

 

206,157

 

Transfers from Level 3 to Level 1 reflects companies which have listed during the period.  Level 3 investments are valued with reference to milestone analysis (£75.6m) and net asset value (£1.3m).

 

 

 

Level 1- Quoted Investments
£'000

 

Level 3 - Unquoted Investments
£'000

 

Total
£'000

At 31 December 2018

 

 

113,683

 

70,298

 

183,981

Additions

 

 

8,485

 

20,777

 

29,262

Disposals

 

 

-

 

(4,254)

 

(4,254)

Transfers

 

 

23,131

 

(23,131)

 

-

Unrealised loss on investments

 

 

(38,967)

 

(91)

 

(39,058)

Foreign exchange gains

 

 

624

5

527

 

1,151

At 30 June 2019

 

 

106,956

 

64,126

 

171,082

 

The Group's valuation policy can be found in page 92 of Group's annual report for the year ended 31 December 2019. The Group's milestone valuation approach cannot be readily sensitised and therefore the Group have not disclosed sensitivity analysis for Level 3 inputs. A 10% movement in the share price of Level 1 inputs would result in a £13m movement in investment portfolio value (December 2019: £8.7m).

 

As permitted by IAS 28 'Investment in Associates' and in accordance with the Arix Group accounting policy, investments are held at fair value even though the Arix Group may have significant influence over the companies.  Significant influence is determined to exist when the Group holds more than 20% of the holding or when less than 20% is held but in combination with a certain level of board representation is deemed to be able to exert significant influence.  As at 30 June 2020, the Arix Group is deemed to have significant influence over the following entities:

 

Notes to the Financial Statements (continued)

Company

Country

Registered Address

Issued Share Capital Held

Net Assets / (Liabilities)

Profit / (Loss)

Date of Financial Information

Depixus SAS (EUR)

France

3-5 Impasse Reille, 75014 Paris

20.7%

€2,431k

€(1,486)k

31 Dec 2018

Quench Bio, Inc.

USA

400 Technology Sq, Cambridge, MA

32.4%

N/A

N/A

Not publicly available

Stipe Therapeutics Aps

Denmark

Lyngsievvej 18, 8230 Abyhoj

14.8%

N/A

N/A

Not publicly available

 

Notes to the Financial Statements (continued)

 

8.  Investments (continued)

 

 

31 December 2019 Value
£m

Investment in Period
£m

Realisations in Period
£m

Change in Valuation
£m

FX Movement

£m

30 June 2020 Value
£m

Equity Interest
%

Funding Committed, Not Yet Invested
£m

Equity Interest When Fully Committed
%

Amplyx

4.9

-

-

-

0.3

5.2

3.0%

-

3.0%

Artios

15.2

-

-

3.9

-

19.1

12.4%

-

12.4%

Atox Bio

5.0

1.2

-

-

0.4

6.6

6.4%

-

6.4%

Aura

8.3

-

-

-

0.7

9.0

7.7%

1.3

7.9%

Autolus

33.8

-

-

8.0

1.7

43.5

6.5%

-

6.5%

Harpoon

28.9

-

(6.6)

5.3

1.9

29.5

 8.8%

-

8.8%

Imara

10.7

4.5

-

18.6

1.0

34.8

9.0%

-

9.0%

LogicBio

16.3

-

-

2.8

1.4

20.5

12.8%

-

12.8%

Quench Bio

6.5

0.9

-

0.9

0.6

8.9

24.6%

3.9

21.7%

STipe Therapeutics

1.9

-

-

-

0.2

2.1

14.8%

3.1

19.8%

VelosBio

5.5

3.5

-

7.9

0.5

17.4

11.3%

-

11.3%

Legacy Assets

12.2

1.5

(2.5)

(4.7)

0.3

6.8

N/A

-

N/A

GROSS PORTFOLIO VALUE

149.2

11.6

(9.1)

42.7

9.0

203.4

-

8.3

-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Investments

2.7

-

-

(0.1)

0.1

2.7

N/A

-

N/A

TOTAL INVESTMENTS

151.9

11.6

(9.1)

42.6

9.1

206.2

- 

8.3

- 

Equity interest presented is the fully diluted percentage for private companies; for public companies, this is based on shares outstanding per each company's most recent public filing

 

Notes to the Financial Statements (continued)

  1. Taxation

 

 

Half Year to 30 June 2020

(unaudited)
£'000

 

Half Year to 30 June 2019

(unaudited)
£'000

Current period tax charge

 

 

 

 

Current Tax

 

-

 

-

Deferred tax

 

-

 

(5,883)

Total tax charge/(credit)

 

-

 

(5,883)

 

 

 

 

 

Statement of Other Comprehensive Income - tax charge

 

 

 

 

Current Tax

 

-

 

-

Deferred tax

 

-

 

-

Total tax charge

 

-

 

-

 

 

 

 

 

Reconciliation of tax charge

 

 

 

 

Profit/(loss) before tax

 

48,964

 

(44,808)

 

 

 

 

 

Expected tax based on 19.00%

 

9,303

 

(8,514)

 

 

 

 

 

Effects of:

 

 

 

 

Adjustments in respect of prior years

 

-

 

55

Expenses not deductible for tax purposes

 

16

 

1,039

Income not taxable

 

(111)

 

(1,094)

Investment revaluation

 

(5,165)

 

-

Losses

 

(2,137)

 

-

Tax rate changes

 

-

 

809

Movement in share based payment deferred tax

 

104

 

191

Recognition of deferred tax asset previously unrecognised

 

(2,010)

 

-

Rolled over gains

 

-

 

53

Deferred tax not recognised

 

-

 

1,578

Total tax charge/(credit)

 

-

 

(5,883)

 

 

 

 

 

Recognised deferred tax (assets)/liabilities

 

 

 

 

Brought forward

 

-

 

5,883

Adjustment in respect of prior periods

 

-

 

55

Relating to Profit and Loss

 

-

 

(5,938)

Relating to Other Comprehensive Income

 

-

 

-

Carried forward

 

-

 

-

Notes to the Financial Statements (continued)

  1. Share Capital

 

 

As at 30 June 2020

 

As at 31
Dec 2019

Allotted and called up

 

 

 

 

Ordinary shares of £0.00001 each (#)

 

135,551,850

 

135,551,850

Ordinary shares of £0.00001 each (£'000)

 

1

 

1

49,671 Series C shares of £1 each (£'000)

 

50

 

50

 

  1. Share Options

Executive Share Option Plan

On 8 February 2016, options were granted pursuant to the Executive Share Option Plan to two directors at an exercise price of £1.80 per ordinary share. The number of ordinary shares subject to the options are the requisite number of ordinary shares as represents 5.43% of the fully diluted ordinary share capital of the Company immediately following the end of the Company's stabilisation period following admission to the London Stock Exchange.  Restricted shares with similar terms were awarded to the founders of the Company constituting 5.00% of the issued share capital of the Company after admission.  As such, the number of options granted for both management and founders was confirmed on 20 March 2017.  All conditions are unchanged from those disclosed in the 31 December 2019 financial statements.

Executive Incentive Plan

On 22 February 2017, nil cost options were granted pursuant to the Executive Incentive Plan to certain directors and members of staff.  The options vested on 22 February 2019 and may be exercised from this date until 21 February 2027.  The options are contingent on remaining in employment with a company in the Arix Group, and are subject to malus and clawback provisions.

On 26 May 2017, options were granted pursuant to the Executive Incentive Plan to certain directors and members of staff, with a vesting date of 26 May 2020, subject to performance conditions.  These performance conditions were not met and as such the options have lapsed.

On 17 May 2018, options were granted pursuant to the Executive Incentive Plan to certain directors and members of staff. The options vest on 17 May 2021, subject to the Company's share value growth over the three-year performance period.  The options are contingent on remaining in employment with a company in the Arix Group, and are subject to malus and clawback provisions.

On 9 May 2019, options were granted pursuant to the Executive Incentive Plan to certain directors and members of staff. The options vest on 1 January 2022, subject to the Company's share value growth and the Company's net asset value growth over the three-year performance period.  The options are contingent on remaining in employment with a company in the Arix Group, and are subject to malus and clawback provisions.

On 30 June 2020, options were granted pursuant to the Executive Incentive Plan to certain directors and members of staff. The options vest on 1 January 2023, subject to the Company's share value growth and the Company's net asset value growth over a three-year performance period.  The options are contingent on remaining in employment with a company in the Arix Group, and are subject to malus and clawback provisions.

 

Share based payments

The fair value of options granted under the Executive Share Option Plan was calculated using the Black-Scholes model.  The assumptions used in this calculation are unchanged from those disclosed in the 31 December 2019 financial statements.

The charge associated with the 26 May 2017 options have been calculated using a Monte Carlo simulation, incorporating relevant assumptions for share price (197.5p), expected volatility based on similar quoted companies (44%), risk free interest rate (0.12%) and share option term (three years). The resultant fair value is then spread over the three-year relevant vesting period.

Notes to the Financial Statements (continued)

  1. Share Options (continued)

The charge associated with the 17 May 2018 options have been calculated using a Monte Carlo simulation, incorporating relevant assumptions for share price (209.0p), expected volatility based on similar quoted companies (37%), risk free interest rate (0.93%) and share option term (three years). The resultant fair value is then spread over the three-year relevant vesting period.

The charge associated with the 9 May 2019 options relating to share price growth have been calculated using a Monte Carlo simulation, incorporating relevant assumptions for share price (157.5p), expected volatility based on similar quoted companies (40%), risk free interest rate (0.72%) and time to vesting (two years, eight months) rather than the performance period (three years). The resultant fair value is then spread over the vesting period.  The options relating to net asset value growth have a fair value based upon the share price at grant date (157.5p) and the expected likelihood of vesting (currently considered to be 50%), spread across the vesting period, with a true-up/down as the expected likelihood of vesting changes.

The charge associated with the 30 June 2020 options relating to share price growth have been calculated using a Monte Carlo simulation, incorporating relevant assumptions for share price (86.5p), expected volatility based on the Company's historic share price changes (24%), risk free interest rate (-0.08%) and time to vesting (two years, six months) rather than the performance period (three years). The resultant fair value is then spread over the vesting period.  The options relating to net asset value growth have a fair value based upon the share price at grant date (86.5p) and the expected likelihood of vesting (currently considered to be 50%), spread across the vesting period, with a true-up/down as the expected likelihood of vesting changes

For the six months to 30 June 2020, a share based payment credit of £585k (30 June 2019: charge of £1,411k) has been recognised.  The credit for the period reflects the confirmation by the Company's Remuneration Committee of the lapsing of awards made to certain Leavers who were participants in the 2018 and 2019 Executive Incentive Plan Awards.

A charge of £26k was recognised in relation to the management options, granted under the Executive Share Option Plan.  A charge of £173k was recognised in relation to the 26 May 2017 award.  A credit of £833k was recognised in relation to the 17 May 2018 award.  A credit of £519k was recognised in relation to the 9 May 2019 award.  A charge of £1k was recognised in relation to the 30 June 2020 award.

 

  1. Related Party Transactions

During the period, Arix Capital Management Limited, a subsidiary of the Company, received fee income totalling £182k (six months to 30 June 2019: £248k) relating to its management of The Wales Life Sciences Investment Fund LP ("WLSIF"), an entity in which ALS SPV Limited, also a subsidiary of the Company, has an interest.  At 30 June 2020, Arix Capital Management Limited was owed £515k (30 June 2019: £100k) in respect of these fees.

 

  1. Events After the Reporting Period

On 7 July 2020, a further $4.0m (£3.2m) was invested in VelosBio Inc.  The Group's fully diluted stake in the company now totals 6.8%.

 

Statement of Directors' Responsibilities

 

 

The Directors confirm that to the best of their knowledge these consolidated condensed interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, 'Interim Financial Reporting', as adopted by the European Union and that the interim management report includes a fair review of the information required by DTR 4.2.7 and DTR 4.2.8, namely:

 

  • An indication of important events that have occurred during the first six months and their impact on the consolidated condensed interim set of financial statements, and a description of the principal risks and uncertainties for the remaining six months of the financial year; and

 

  • Material related-party transactions in the first six months and any material changes in the related-party transactions described in the last annual report.

 

The Directors are responsible for the maintenance and integrity of the Company's website. Legislation in the United Kingdom governing the preparation and dissemination of financial statements may differ from legislation in other jurisdictions.

 

The directors of Arix Bioscience plc are listed in the company's Annual Report for 31 December 2019. The following changes have been made since the annual report date; Joe Anderson stepped down from the board on 6 April 2020; and Jonathan Peacock and Arthur Pappas stepped down from the board on 4 June 2020.

 

By order of the Board

 

 

 

Naseem Amin, MD

Executive Chairman

7 September 2020

 

 

 

INDEPENDENT REVIEW REPORT TO Arix Bioscience PLC

 

Introduction

We have been engaged by the Company to review the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2020 which comprise the Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Financial Position, the Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Comprehensive Income, the Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Cash Flows, the Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Changes in Equity, the explanatory notes to the Condensed Interim Financial Statements.

 

We have read the other information contained in the half-yearly financial report and considered whether it contains any apparent misstatements or material inconsistencies with the information in the condensed set of financial statements.

 

Directors' responsibilities

The half-yearly financial report is the responsibility of and has been approved by the directors.  The directors are responsible for preparing the half-yearly financial report in accordance with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

As disclosed in note 2, the annual financial statements of the group are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) as adopted by the European Union.  The condensed set of financial statements included in this half-yearly financial report has been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, ''Interim Financial Reporting'', as adopted by the European Union.

 

Our responsibility

Our responsibility is to express to the Company a conclusion on the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report based on our review.

 

Scope of review

We conducted our review in accordance with International Standard on Review Engagements (UK and Ireland) 2410, ''Review of Interim Financial Information Performed by the Independent Auditor of the Entity'', issued by the Financial Reporting Council for use in the United Kingdom.  A review of interim financial information consists of making enquiries, primarily of persons responsible for financial and accounting matters, and applying analytical and other review procedures.  A review is substantially less in scope than an audit conducted in accordance with International Standards on Auditing (UK) and consequently does not enable us to obtain assurance that we would become aware of all significant matters that might be identified in an audit.  Accordingly, we do not express an audit opinion.

 

Conclusion

Based on our review, nothing has come to our attention that causes us to believe that the condensed set of financial statements in the half-yearly financial report for the six months ended 30 June 2020 is not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, as adopted by the European Union, and the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority.

 

Use of our report

Our report has been prepared in accordance with the terms of our engagement to assist the Company in meeting its responsibilities in respect of half-yearly financial reporting in accordance with the Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules of the United Kingdom's Financial Conduct Authority and for no other purpose. No person is entitled to rely on this report unless such a person is a person entitled to rely upon this report by virtue of and for the purpose of our terms of engagement or has been expressly authorised to do so by our prior written consent. Save as above, we do not accept responsibility for this report to any other person or for any other purpose and we hereby expressly disclaim any and all such liability.

 

 

 

BDO LLP

Chartered Accountants

London, United Kingdom

7 September 2020

 

 

BDO LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales (with registered number OC305127).


 



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