Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals Reports Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results

Conference Call Scheduled November 12, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. ET

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J., Nov. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: CYCC, NASDAQ: CYCCP; "Cyclacel" or the "Company"), a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative medicines based on cancer cell biology, today reported financial results and business highlights for the third quarter 2018.  The Company's net loss applicable to common shareholders for the three months ended September 30, 2018 was $2.1 million.  As of September 30, 2018, cash and cash equivalents totaled $19.0 million.

“We continue to execute on our strategy to rapidly develop CYC065 and CYC140 in hematological malignancies and CYC065 in advanced solid tumors,” said Spiro Rombotis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cyclacel. “The Phase 1 study evaluating CYC065 in combination with venetoclax in patients with relapsed/refractory CLL and the CYC140 first-in-human study are open for enrollment. Two further protocols evaluating combinations of CYC065 and sapacitabine are in development. Our alliance with MD Anderson allows us to parallel track the development of our drugs in a cash-sparing manner while utilizing MD Anderson’s expertise to recruit patients across four studies. We estimate that our cash resources will be sufficient to fund operations until the second quarter of 2020. We are also pleased to report that the IST evaluating sapacitabine and olaparib in BRCA positive patients with breast cancer has started to enroll.”

Key Company Highlights

  • Announced a three-year strategic alliance agreement with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center enabling clinical evaluation of three Cyclacel medicines in patients with hematological malignancies. MD Anderson will conduct four clinical studies, with a total projected enrollment of up to 170 patients, investigating CYC065, CYC140 and sapacitabine either as single agents or in combination with approved drugs.

  • Opened for enrollment the Phase 1 clinical trial evaluating CYC065 in combination with venetoclax, a Bcl-2 inhibitor, in patients with relapsed/refractory CLL. Preclinical data presented at AACR 2018 showed enhanced activity of CYC065 and venetoclax combination in CLL tumor samples, including those with 17p deletions. The combination also demonstrated activity in two CLL samples resistant to either agent alone, suggesting that dual targeting of Mcl-1 and Bcl-2 dependent mechanisms could induce synergistic cell death.

  • First patient dosed in the Phase 1b/2 investigator-sponsored trial (IST) of sapacitabine with olaparib, an approved PARP inhibitor, in BRCA positive patients with breast cancer. Preclinical data support the hypothesis that dual targeting of the DNA damage response pathway by combining olaparib with sapacitabine may enhance the efficacy of standard of care treatment for BRCA positive patients with breast cancer.

  • Activated the CYC140 first-in-human study in advanced leukemias. CYC140 is a novel, small molecule, selective polo-like-kinase 1 (PLK1) inhibitor. CYC140 is differentiated from other PLK1 inhibitors, demonstrating potent and selective target inhibition and high activity in xenograft models of human cancers when dosed orally at non-toxic doses.

  • Progressed patient enrollment in part 2 of the Phase 1 study evaluating CYC065 monotherapy in patients with advanced solid tumors including those with Mcl-1, MYC or cyclin E amplified cancers relevant to CYC065’s mechanism of action. Part 2 is evaluating increased dosing frequency of two days per week for two weeks of a three-week cycle.

  • Completed meetings with three European regulatory authorities with the objective of determining a potential regulatory pathway for sapacitabine in elderly AML. The regulators provided consistent guidance on next steps and Cyclacel is evaluating a potential request for a meeting with the Scientific Advice Working Party of the European Medicines Agency.

  • Appointed Robert J. Spiegel, M.D. to the Board of Directors. Dr. Spiegel brings over 30 years of R&D and operational experience in the biopharmaceutical industry as well as advisory experience to venture capital and private equity funds.

  • Entered into a Common Stock Sales Agreement with H.C. Wainwright & Co., LLC as sales agent, pursuant to which the agent may sell shares of common stock having an aggregate offering price of up to $5.0 million by any method that is deemed to be an “at the market offering” as defined in Rule 415 under the Securities Act of 1933 as amended. 

Financial Highlights
As of September 30, 2018, cash and cash equivalents totaled $19.0 million compared to $23.9 million as of December 31, 2017. The decrease of $4.9 million in the nine-months was primarily due to net cash used in operating activities, including $1.2 million of R&D tax credit received from the United Kingdom government.

Research and development expenses were $1.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018 compared to $1.0 million for the same period in 2017.

General and administrative expenses were $1.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018 compared to $1.2 million for the same period in 2017.

Other income, net for the three months ended September 30, 2018 was $0.1 million compared to $36,000 for the same period of the previous year.

The United Kingdom R&D and tax credits were $0.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018 compared to $0.2 million for the same period in 2017.

Net loss for the three months ended September 30, 2018 was $2.1 million compared to $1.9 million for the same period in 2017.  With the cash-sparing benefits accruing from the MD Anderson alliance the Company believes that cash and marketable securities, which were approximately $19.0 million as of September 30, 2018, will be sufficient to finance operations until the second quarter of 2020.

Conference call information: 

US/Canada call: (877) 493-9121 / international call: (973) 582-2750 

US/Canada archive: (800) 585-8367 / international archive: (404) 537-3406 

Code for live and archived conference call is 3775807

For the live and archived webcast, please visit the Corporate Presentations page on the Cyclacel website at The webcast will be archived for 90 days and the audio replay for 7 days.

About Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company using its expertise in cell cycle, transcriptional regulation and DNA damage response biology in cancer cells to develop innovative medicines. The transcriptional regulation program is evaluating CYC065, a CDK inhibitor, in patients with advanced solid cancers and in combination with venetoclax in patients with advanced hematological malignancies. The DNA damage response program is evaluating a combination of sapacitabine and seliciclib, a CDK inhibitor, in BRCA positive patients with advanced solid cancers and sapacitabine and olaparib, a PARP inhibitor, in BRCA positive patients with breast cancer. CYC140, a PLK inhibitor, is ready to start investigation in cancer patients. Cyclacel's strategy is to build a diversified biopharmaceutical business focused in hematology and oncology based on a pipeline of novel drug candidates. For additional information, please visit

Forward-looking Statements

This news release contains certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to be materially different from historical results or from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include statements regarding, among other things, the efficacy, safety and intended utilization of Cyclacel's product candidates, the conduct and results of future clinical trials, plans regarding regulatory filings, future research and clinical trials and plans regarding partnering activities. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially include the risk that product candidates that appeared promising in early research and clinical trials do not demonstrate safety and/or efficacy in larger-scale or later clinical trials, trials may have difficulty enrolling, Cyclacel may not obtain approval to market its product candidates, the risks associated with reliance on outside financing to meet capital requirements, and the risks associated with reliance on collaborative partners for further clinical trials, development and commercialization of product candidates. You are urged to consider statements that include the words "may," "will," "would," "could," "should," "believes," "estimates," "projects," "potential," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "intends," "continues," "forecast," "designed," "goal," or the negative of those words or other comparable words to be uncertain and forward-looking. For a further list and description of the risks and uncertainties the Company faces, please refer to our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other periodic and other filings we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission and are available at Such forward-looking statements are current only as of the date they are made, and we assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Company: Paul McBarron, (908) 517-7330,
Investor Relations: Russo Partners LLC, Alexander Fudukidis, (646) 942-5632,

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(In $000s, except share and per share amounts)
  Three Months Ended
September 30,
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
  2017  2018  2017  2018
Total revenues $   $   $   $ 
Operating expenses:               
Research and development  958    1,205    3,491    3,185 
General and administrative  1,154    1,250    3,802    3,898 
Total operating expenses  2,112    2,455    7,293    7,083 
Operating loss  (2,112)   (2,455)   (7,293)   (7,083)
Other income (expense):               
Foreign exchange gains (losses)  (22)   1    (65)   (42)
Interest income  30    85    59    238 
Other income, net  28    -    907    632 
Total other income  36    86    901    828 
Loss before taxes  (2,076)   (2,369)   (6,392)   (6,255)
Income tax benefit  219    301    793    985 
Net loss  (1,857)   (2,068)   (5,599)   (5,270)
Dividend on convertible exchangeable preferred shares  (50)   (50)   (151)   (151)
Beneficial conversion feature of Series A convertible stock  (3,638)   -    (3,638)   - 
Conversion of Series A convertible preferred stock  (3,373)   -    (3,373)   - 
Net loss applicable to common shareholders $(8,918)  $(2,118)  $(12,761)  $(5,421)
Basic and diluted earnings per common share:               
Net loss per share – basic and diluted $(0.91)  $(0.18)  $(2.06)  $(0.45)
Weighted average common shares outstanding  9,835,441    11,997,447    6,200,783    11,997,447 

(In $000s, except share, per share, and liquidation preference amounts)
       December 31,
 September 30,
       2017 2018
Current assets:     
 Cash and cash equivalents  $  23,910  $  18,973 
 Prepaid expenses and other current assets   2,064   1,696 
    Total current assets   25,974   20,669 
 Property and equipment, net   29   38 
    Total assets  $  26,003  $  20,707 
Current liabilities:     
 Accounts payable  $  1,558  $  1,411 
 Accrued and other current liabilities    2,555   2,592 
    Total current liabilities   4,113   4,003 
Other liabilities   124   106 
    Total liabilities   4,237   4,109 
Stockholders’ equity:     
 Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized at December 31, 2017 and September 30, 2018; 
  6% Convertible Exchangeable preferred stock; 335,273 shares issued and outstanding at      
  December 31, 2017 and September 30, 2018. Aggregate preference in liquidation of  $4,006,512 as      
  of December 31, 2017 and September 30, 2018.   -   - 
 Series A convertible preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 264 shares issued and outstanding      
  at December 31, 2017 and September 30, 2018.   -   - 
 Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized at December 31, 2017 and September 30, 2018; 
  11,997,447 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2017  and September 30, 2018.   12   12 
Additional paid-in capital   365,057   365,160 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss    (794)  (796)
Accumulated deficit    (342,509)  (347,778)
  Total stockholders’ equity
   21,766   16,598 
  Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
  $  26,003  $  20,707 

SOURCE: Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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