SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event Reported): March 23, 2021
Aligos Therapeutics, Inc.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)
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|One Corporate Dr., 2nd Floor|
South San Francisco, CA 94080
|(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)|
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
|Title of each class||Trading Symbol(s)||Name of each exchange on which registered|
|Common Stock, $0.0001 par value per share||ALGS|
The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC
(Nasdaq Global Select Market)
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Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
On March 23, 2021, the Registrant issued a press release, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference. The information in this Item 2.02 and the attached Exhibit 99.1 are being furnished and shall not be deemed to be "filed" for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall they be deemed to be incorporated by reference in any filing made by the Registrant under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.
On March 23, 2021, the Registrant issued a press release, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
The information in this Item 2.02 and the attached Exhibit 99.1 are being furnished and shall not be deemed to be "filed" for the purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall they be deemed to be incorporated by reference in any filing made by the Registrant under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|Aligos Therapeutics, Inc.|
|Date: March 23, 2021||By:||/s/ Lesley Ann Calhoun|
|Lesley Ann Calhoun|
|Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer|
Aligos Therapeutics Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results and Recent Business Highlights
- Advanced ALG-010133 and ALG-000184 into the clinic - both expected to generate safety and antiviral activity data in Chronic Hepatitis B (CHB) patients in 2021
- Listed on NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol ALGS and raised $167.2 million in gross proceeds from the Initial Public Offering (IPO), inclusive of the underwriters’ exercise of their overallotment option
- Cash, Cash Equivalents and investments of $243.5 million as of December 31, 2020
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., March 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aligos Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALGS), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel therapeutics to address unmet medical needs in viral and liver diseases, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2020 and provided an overview of recent business highlights.
"Last year was a transformative year for Aligos,” said Larry Blatt, PhD, MBA, CEO of Aligos. “During 2020, we became both a well-financed public company, via our $167.2 million IPO, as well as a clinical stage company by advancing our first two CHB assets, ALG-010133 and ALG-000184, into the clinic. This year is on track to be similarly impactful for Aligos as we expect to generate important proof of activity data in CHB patients for both ALG-010133 and ALG-000184 as well as advancing two more assets, ALG-020572 and ALG-055009, into the clinic.”
“The advancement of these four drug candidates towards and in the clinic this year represents the culmination of three years of hard work by all of our employees,” noted Leo Beigelman, PhD, President of Aligos. “We look forward to seeing the clinical results of these efforts.”
Recent Business Highlights
Aligos Portfolio of Drug Candidates:
CHB Related License & Collaboration Agreements:
Coronavirus Related License & Collaboration Agreements:
NASH Related License & Collaboration Agreement:
Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020
Cash, cash equivalents and investments totaled $243.5 million on December 31, 2020 compared with $127.7 million on December 31, 2019, reflecting the $167.2 million in gross proceeds from the Company’s initial public offering in October 2020, inclusive of the underwriters’ exercise of their overallotment option.
Net losses for the fourth quarter and full year 2020 were $34.4 million and $108.5 million, respectively, or basic and diluted net loss per common share of $1.09 and $10.87, respectively. This compared to net losses of $18.2 million and $52.3 million, respectively, or basic and diluted net loss per common share of $7.27 and $26.04, respectively for the same periods in 2019.
Research and development (R&D) expenses were $28.1 million and $79.9 million for the fourth quarter and full year 2020, respectively, compared to $15.0 million and $44.0 million for the same periods in 2019, respectively. The increase in R&D expenses for both comparative periods is primarily attributable to increased expenses related to the Company’s development of ALG-010133 and ALG-000184 clinical trial activities, as well as increases in salaries and employee-related expenses. Total R&D stock-based compensation expense incurred for the three months ended December 31, 2020, was $0.7 million compared with $0.1 million for the same period in 2019. Total R&D stock-based compensation expense incurred in the year ended December 31, 2020, was $1.0 million, compared with $0.5 million for the same period in 2019.
General and administrative (G&A) expenses were $6.2 million and $17.9 million for the fourth quarter and full year 2020, respectively, compared to $3.5 million and $10.0 million for the same periods of 2019, respectively. The increase in G&A for both comparative periods is primarily attributable to higher employee-related costs associated with the growth of the Company’s operations and additional professional and consulting services related to being a public company. Total G&A stock-based compensation expense incurred for the three months ended December 31, 2020, was $0.6 million compared with $0.1 million for the same period in 2019. Total G&A stock-based compensation expense incurred in the year ended December 31, 2020, was $1.9 million, compared with $0.3 million for the same period in 2019.
Aligos Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company that was founded in 2018 with the mission to become a world leader in the treatment of viral infections and liver diseases. Aligos is focused on the discovery and development of targeted antiviral therapies for chronic hepatitis B (CHB) and coronaviruses as well as leveraging its expertise in liver diseases to create targeted therapeutics for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Aligos’ strategy is to harness the deep expertise and decades of drug development experience its team has in liver disease, particularly viral hepatitis, to rapidly advance its pipeline of potentially best-in-class molecules.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements in this press release that are not historical facts may be considered “forward-looking statements,” including without limitation statements regarding Aligos’s expectations in generating proof of activity data in CHB patients for both ALG-010133 and ALG-000184 as well as advancing ALG-020572 and ALG-055009 into the clinic in 2021; expectations in receiving safety and antiviral data from the initial CHB patient cohort(s) in the ALG-010133 study in the second half of 2021; expectations in receiving safety and antiviral data from the initial CHB patient cohort(s) in the ALG-000184 study in the second half of 2021; plans to begin Phase 1 study for ALG-020572 in the second half of 2021; plans to begin Phase 1 study for ALG-055009 in the second half of 2021; and plans to advance ALG-125755 into CTA-enabling toxicology studies in the second half of 2021. Forward-looking statements are typically, but not always, identified by the use of words such as “may,” “will,” “would,” “believe,” “intend,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” and other similar terminology indicating future results. Such forward-looking statements are subject to substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause our development programs, future results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include without limitation risks and uncertainties inherent in the drug development process, including Aligos’s clinical-stage of development, the process of designing and conducting clinical trials, the regulatory approval processes, the timing of regulatory filings, the challenges associated with manufacturing drug products, Aligos’s ability to successfully establish, protect and defend its intellectual property, other matters that could affect the sufficiency of Aligos’s capital resources to fund operations, reliance on third parties for manufacturing and development efforts, changes in the competitive landscape and the effects on our business of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. For a further description of the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, as well as risks relating to the business of Aligos in general, see Aligos’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 23, 2021 and its future periodic reports to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Except as required by law, Aligos undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events or circumstances, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
|Aligos Therapeutics, Inc |
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
|(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)|
| Three Months Ended|| Year Ended|
| December 31,||December 31,|
|Research and development||$||28,081||$||14,973||$||79,890||$||44,038|
|Selling, general and administrative||6,205||3,463||17,944||10,005|
|Total operating expenses||34,286||18,436||97,834||54,043|
|Loss from operations||(34,286||)||(18,436||)||(97,834||)||(54,043||)|
|Interest and other income (expense), net||85||337||(10,548||)||1,864|
|Loss before income tax expense||(34,201||)||(18,099||)||(108,382||)||(52,179||)|
|Income tax expense||(219||)||(85||)||(161||)||(85||)|
|Basic and diluted net loss per common share||$||(1.09||)||$||(7.27||)||$||(10.87||)||$||(26.04||)|
|Weighted-average number of shares used in computing basic and diluted net loss per common share||31,465,208||2,500,501||9,988,191||2,007,173|
|Aligos Therapeutics, Inc|
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
|December 31, 2020||December 31, 2019|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||220,383||$||69,565|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||6,504||2,563|
|Total current assets||250,017||120,226|
|Other liabilities, noncurrent||14,989||15,514|
|Total stockholders’ equity||220,039||117,188|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||265,302||$||146,520|
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