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Final Results

13 June 2018

Polarean Imaging plc (AIM: POLX), the medical-imaging technology company, with a proprietary drug-device combination product for the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) market, announces its audited final results for the year ended 31 December 2017. These are the Group's maiden results following its successful Admission to AIM on 29 March 2018.

In addition, Polarean confirms that the Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2017 ("2017 Annual Report"), the Notice of the Annual General Meeting and a Form of Proxy will be posted to shareholders later in the week and are available on the Company's website:
http://www.polarean-ir.com/content/investors/annual-reports.asp

Highlights

  • £3m (before expenses) raised via a placing of 20,000,000 new ordinary shares at a placing price of 15p in March 2018;
  • IPO proceeds will be used primarily to conduct Phase III trial in relation to the Company's drug-device combination;
  • FDA have agreed trial design and the Group is currently targeting FDA approval during 2020;
  • Good progress in R&D and manufacturing in support of trial, and improving polarizer performance;
  • Financial performance in-line with management expectations:
    • Revenues of US$ 1.24m; and
    • Operating gross margins at over 50%; and
  • Cash at 31 December 2017 of US$0.96m - not including the net proceeds from the IPO.

 
Notice of the Annual General Meeting

The first Annual General Meeting of Polarean Imaging plc will be held at the offices of Reed Smith LLP at The Broadgate Tower, 20 Primrose Street, London EC2A 2RS at 2.00 p.m. on 18 July 2018.

Richard Hullihen, CEO of Polarean, commented: "Following our Admission to trading on AIM at the end of Q1 2018, we look forward to commencing our clinical trial and the continued expansion of our installed base of systems through additional sales of research units to academic institutions. Our R&D focus now progresses to looking at the expanded applications of imaging gas exchange and the regional assessment of lung tissue function, beyond ventilation, using our patent protected techniques developed by the research of our founder and Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Bastiaan Driehuys at Duke University. The Directors have also seen tremendous interest in pulmonary vascular disease as an emerging application, which we believe is good news for the Group looking towards the future."

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) 596/2014.

 

Enquiries:

Polarean Imaging plc www.polarean.com / www.polarean-ir.com
Richard Hullihen, Chief Executive Officer Via Walbrook PR
Richard Morgan, Chairman  
   
Northland Capital Partners Limited Tel: +44 (0)20 3861 6625
David Hignell / Gerry Beaney / Jamie Spotswood (Corporate Finance)
John Howes / Rob Rees (Corporate Broking)
 
   
MC Services (European IR) Tel: +49 (0)89 210 2280
Raimund Gabriel  
   
The Life Sciences Division (Financial Adviser)  
Navid Malik, Director Mob: 07957 224 730
Alia Minhas, CEO Mob: 07590 696 057
   
Walbrook PR Tel: +44 (0)20 7933 8780 or polarean@walbrookpr.com
Paul McManus / Anna Dunphy
Helen Cresswell
Mob: +44 (0)7980 541 893 / +44 (0)7879 741 001
+44 (0)7841 917 679

 

About Polarean (www.polarean.com)

The Company and its wholly owned subsidiary, Polarean, Inc. (together the "Group") are revenue generating, medical drug-device combination companies operating in the high resolution medical imaging market.

The Group develops equipment that enables existing MRI systems to achieve an improved level of pulmonary function imaging and specialises in the use of hyperpolarised Xenon gas (129Xe) as an imaging agent to visualise ventilation and gas exchange regionally in the smallest airways of the lungs, the tissue barrier between the lung and the bloodstream and in the pulmonary vasculature. Xenon gas exhibits solubility and signal properties that enable it to be imaged within other tissues and organs.

The Group operates in an area of significant unmet medical need and the Group's technology provides a novel diagnostic approach, offering a non-invasive and radiation-free functional imaging platform which is more accurate and less harmful to the patient than current methods. The annual burden of pulmonary disease in the US is estimated to be over US$150 billion.

The Group also develops and manufactures high performance MRI radiofrequency (RF) coils which are a required component for imaging 129Xe in the MRI system. The development of these coils by the Group facilitates the adoption of the Xenon technology by providing application-specific RF coils which optimise the imaging of 129Xe in MRI equipment for use as a medical diagnostic as well as a method of monitoring the efficacy of therapeutic intervention.

 

Chairman's Statement

The transition from a private company to a publicly traded one is never easy. Being a public company requires an entirely different standard of performance in areas that are not usually considered key to the success of the business when it is privately held. It is a great credit to the leadership of any company if this transition is successfully accomplished with new shareholders and additional capital being brought into the picture. It is notable that Polarean (the "Group") has the distinction, at the time of writing, of being the only life-science IPO to be completed in London so far this year.

Polarean's technology solutions promise to bring critical new tools to physicians helping patients suffering from a wide range of pulmonary issues. The tools available today remain either limited in scope and accuracy or invasive and expensive. The unmet medical need is enormous. Fortunately, the steady advance of the state of the art in MRI technology, particularly faster data acquisition times, has enabled most scanners to acquire images, in detail and in 3D, in less than ten seconds. The widespread use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging ("MRI") systems in the US and Europe, makes available a very large installed base of scanners that can be used to implement Polarean's proprietary technology in a cost-effective manner, once it is approved for clinical use. The clinical trials to gain such approval are scheduled to start very soon and we expect them to be concluded within twelve months, following which the Company will need to prepare the New Drug Application (NDA) for submission to the FDA. The protocol for the trials has been set in collaboration with the FDA and Polarean and its clinical and scientific advisors believe the non-inferiority margins agreed with the FDA are achievable with the trial size and timeframe indicated. We continue to expect to launch clinically approved systems in early 2020.

Polarean's technology has been in development for almost 20 years and the Group's systems are already in use by researchers at over a dozen leading academic and medical institutions in the United States and Europe. One of these is the Cincinnati Children's Hospital where the team is working closely with Polarean, with funding from a grant provided by the Small Business Innovation Research Program, to develop applications in cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is one of the most debilitating conditions, especially in children and is particularly hard to diagnose, monitor and manage. This network of key opinion leaders who are working closely with the Group, creates an expanding group of knowledgeable experts who will be crucial in effecting broad adoption of the clinically approved technology by leading medical institutions in the US and elsewhere.

The team at Duke University, led by one of Polarean's founders, Professor Bastiaan Driehuys, is actively advancing the state of the art with new developments in critical areas such as gas exchange. These developments promise to facilitate the application of the technology in a range of additional conditions beyond ventilation, such as pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary vascular disease, two diseases of increasing prevalence for which current diagnostic methods are very invasive and not very effective.

We believe Polarean has immense promise and the fact that it has reached this critical juncture is a great credit to the team in North Carolina who have brought it this far. The road ahead will no doubt present challenges but we face that journey with determination and high confidence in the strength of the technology and the commitment of the team.

 

Richard Morgan
Non-executive Chairman

12 June 2018

 

Chief Executive Officer's Statement

2017- A Year of Preparation and Accomplishment

The Group was formed on 31 May 2017 when Polarean Imaging Plc (the "Company" or "Parent Company") Company acquired Polarean, Inc (the "Subsidiary") and spent the remainder of the year working towards the Company's listing on AIM, which was successfully completed in the first quarter of 2018.

We were also busy making arrangements for our Phase III Clinical Trials and we achieved several critical milestones in research and development ("R&D") and manufacturing in support of those trials, including:

  • engaging contract research organizations ("CROs") specializing in medical imaging non-inferiority trials like ours at the institutions where we are conducting the trials and then continuing to develop the plans for the trials in conjunction with those selected CROs;
  • entering into contracts with the trial sites;
  • preparing our quality systems and product documentation in order to outsource production to a local professional manufacturer who is already GMP-certified;
  • continuing to develop and protect important intellectual property, adding to our dominant patent position; and
  • identifying, evaluating and selecting a candidate, Linde who are one of the largest global industrial gas suppliers, and entering into agreements to package and distribute our proprietary 129Xe drug, in preparation for the Phase III clinical trials. We are fortunate to have Nukem Isotopes GmbH as a strategic investor and supplier of our enriched 129Xe raw material and we thank them for their support.

In addition, in late 2017 our R&D group significantly improved the performance of our polariser product, which has resulted in better images and has potentially reduced the amount of xenon required to be inhaled by the patient to make the images, thereby improving patient acceptance as well as our product economics, which your Directors and your clinical team consider to be a tremendous accomplishment.

The Opportunity

The US Healthcare annual burden of pulmonary disease is US$150 billion and your Directors see a tremendous opportunity to bring our technology's quantitative, reproducible, non-invasive method for diagnostic and therapeutic guidance to medicine. We believe it will benefit patients, improve outcomes and reduce costs. This is important as the current cumulative global costs of asthma, COPD, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, interstitial lung disease, and pulmonary vascular disease are huge.

While working to achieve FDA approval for clinical use, Polarean continues to serve the medical imaging research market by providing xenon polarizers to enable functional MRI of the pulmonary system. This brings dynamic, high-resolution, regional, image based information to pulmonary physicians whose best alternative tool is spirometry, a relatively inaccurate measurement of expired breath. Current imaging technologies are not often used for assessing lung function, despite the revolutionary effects of MRI in other medical applications.

Our Clinical Trial

Our Phase III Clinical Trial is a head-to-head, non-inferiority trial which is comparing our technology to the 40 year old nuclear medicine technique using radioactive 133Xe and gamma cameras. The trial involves 80 patients in total, and will be conducted at two of our closest collaborative sites, the University of Virginia and Duke University. We are characterising ventilation in two sets of patients being evaluated for surgical procedures: those who are being evaluated for lung lobar resection surgery and those being evaluated for lung transplant. In each case their pre-operative expired vital capacity is measured through spirometry. Our technology and the existing nuclear medicine standard of care are used to assess the remaining post-operative vital capacities. Our trial focuses entirely on the pre-operative assessment and it makes no difference whether the patient is chosen for surgery or not. We have to allow for an equivalence margin in order to be non-inferior. We expect the trial to proceed as planned to a successful outcome and anticipate the trial to result, in due course, in the Group receiving FDA approval to commercialise the product and process.

2017 Financial Results

We encountered difficult market conditions when looking to quote the Company but we were pleased to raise £3 million (before expenses), in addition to the £0.7 million that was raised in December 2017 via the issue of convertible loan notes, in order to fund the clinical trial. In this phase of our development, with sales to academic institutions that are acquiring the technology predominantly by way of grant funding, our forecasting of revenue and price is typically on target but there are challenges in estimating the timing of the receipt of orders. We partly mitigate this by way of payment terms that include significant deposits, minimizing working capital timing effects. Operationally, our performance has been as expected, with revenue of US$1.24 million and operating gross margins at over 50%.

2018 and Beyond

In 2018, we look forward to commencing our clinical trial and the continued expansion of our installed base of systems through additional sales of research units to academic institutions. Our R&D focus has shifted slightly and is now mainly looking at the imaging of gas exchange and the regional assessment of lung tissue function, beyond ventilation, led by our founder and Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Bastiaan Driehuys at Duke University. The Directors have seen tremendous interest in pulmonary vascular disease as an emerging application, which is good news for the Group looking towards the future.

Polarean is fortunate to have an outstanding collection of world-class collaborators and customers in both the US and Europe. Additionally, we support the "129Xe MRI Clinical Trials Consortium" and the crucial work they do in collaborative research, training investigators, providing infrastructure for evaluating new techniques, and multi-institution sharing of magnetic resonance (MR) techniques and image analysis methods. We would like to thank the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute for their continued support of our Small Business Innovation Research Program grant with Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. In addition, we have developed solid working relationships with MRI systems manufacturers and exclusive relationships with global industrial gas suppliers, all key to our future as we scale the business.

On behalf of the entire staff of Polarean Imaging Plc, I would like to thank you for your investment in and support of the Group and we look forward to continuing to develop and deliver this critical life-saving and life-improving technology to physicians and patients everywhere.

 

Richard Hullihen
Chief Executive Officer

12 June 2018

 

Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Income
for the year ended 31 December 2017

  Year ended 31
December
2017

US$
Year ended 31
December

2016
US$
Revenue 1,237,163 880,645
Cost of sales (297,215) (488,888)
Gross profit 939,948 391,757
     
Administrative expenses (4,051,000) (1,282,313)
Depreciation (7,478) (4,747)
Amortisation (361,746) (4,600)
Selling and distribution expenses (28,752) (35,238)
Loss on contingent consideration revaluation - (5,000)
Share-based payment (414,866) (115,399)
Total administrative expenses (4,863,842) (1,447,297)
Operating loss (3,923,894) (1,055,540)
Finance income 129 147
Finance expense (34,056) (4,320)
Loss before tax (3,957,821) (1,059,713)
Taxation expense - -
Loss for the year and total other comprehensive expense (3,957,821) (1,059,713)

Loss per share    
Basic and diluted (US$) (3.71) (0.99)

The results reflected above relate to continuing activities.

 

Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
as at 31 December 2017

  2017 2016
  US$ US$
ASSETS
Non-current assets
Intangible assets 4,661,250 23,000
Property, plant and equipment 21,341 11,985
Trade and other receivables 12,539 3,961
  4,695,130 38,946
Current assets    
Inventories 649,860 321,661
Trade and other receivables 488,861 16,035
Cash and cash equivalents 960,217 97,847
  2,098,938 435,543
TOTAL ASSETS 6,794,068 474,489
   
EQUITY AND LIABILITIES    
Equity attributable to holders of the parent    
Share capital 23,291 1
Share premium 1,448,037 -
Group re-organisation reserve 7,813,337 1,976,367
Other equity 87,305 -
Share based payment reserve 826,545 238,172
Retained losses (6,758,108) (2,800,287)
  3,440,407 (585,747)
     
     
Non-current liabilities    
Provision for contingent consideration 316,000 316,000
Deferred revenue - 10,257
  316,000 326,257
   
Current liabilities    
Trade and other payables 1,906,376 562,515
Borrowings 1,104,723 104,541
Deferred revenue 26,562 66,923
  3,037,661 733,979
TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 6,794,068 474,489

These Financial Statements were approved and authorised for issue by the Board of Directors on 12 June 2018 and were signed on its behalf by:

Richard Morgan
Non-executive Chairman

 

Company Statement of Financial Position
as at 31 December 2017

  2017
US$
2016
US$
ASSETS   -
Non-current assets    
 Investment in subsidiaries 4,342,848 -
  4,342,848  
Current assets    
Trade and other receivables 1,891,495 1
Cash and cash equivalents 23,106 -
  1,914,601 1
TOTAL ASSETS 6,257,449 1
EQUITY AND LIABILITIES    
Equity attributable to holders of the parent    
Share capital 23,291 1
Share premium 1,448,037 -
Merger reserve 4,322,527 -
Other Reserve 87,305 -
Share based payment reserve 521,514 -
Retained losses (956,714) -
  5,445,960 1
Current liabilities    
     
Trade and other payables 25,742 -
Borrowings 785,747 -
  811,489 -
TOTAL EQUITY AND LIABILITIES 6,257,449 1

The loss for the financial year dealt with in the financial statements of the Parent Company was US$956,714 (2016: US$nil).

These Financial Statements were approved and authorised for issue by the Board of Directors on 12 June 2018 and were signed on its behalf by:

Richard Morgan
Non-executive Chairman

 

Consolidated Statement of Changes in Equity
for the year ended 31 December 2017

  Share
capital
US$
Share
premium
US$
Other
equity
US$
Share
based
payment
reserve
US$
Group
re-org
reserve
US$
Retained
losses

US$
Total
equity
US$
As at 1 January 2016 - - - 122,773 1,976,367 (1,740,574) 358,566
Comprehensive income              
Loss for the year - - - - - (1,059,713) (1,059,713)
Transactions with owners              
Issue of shares 1 - - - - - 1
Share-based payment expense - - - 115,399 - - 115,399
               
As at 31 December 2016 1 - - 238,172 1,976,367 (2,800,287) (585,747)
As at 1 January 2017 1 - - 238,172 1,976,367 (2,800,287) (585,747)
Comprehensive income              
Loss for the year - - - - - (3,957,821) (3,957,821)
Transactions with owners              
Issue of shares 2,970 1,982,094 - - - - 1,985,064
Share issue costs - (534,057) - 173,507 - - (360,550)
Share-based payments - - - 414,866 - - 414,866
Group re-organisation 20,320 - - - 5,836,970 - 5,857,290
Convertible loans - - 87,305 - - - 87,305
As at 31 December 2017 23,291 1,448,037 87,305 826,545 7,813,337 (6,758,108) 3,440,407

 

Company Statement of Changes in Equity
for the year ended 31 December 2017

  Share
capital
US$
Share
premium
US$
Other
equity
US$
Share
based
payment
reserve
US$
Merger
reserve
US$
Retained
losses

US$
Total
equity
US$
As at 1 January 2016 - - - - - - -
Comprehensive income              
Loss for the year - - - - - - -
Transactions with owners              
Issue of shares 1 - - - - - 1
               
As at 31 December 2016 1 - - - - - 1
As at 1 January 2017 1 - - - - - 1
Comprehensive income              
Loss for the year - - - - - (956,714) (956,714)
Transactions with owners              
Issue of shares 23,290 1,982,094 - - 4,322,527 - 6,327,911
Share issue costs - (534,057) - 173,507 - - (360,550)
Share-based payments - - - 348,007 - - 348,007
Convertible loans - - 87,305 - - - 87,305
As at 31 December 2017 23,291 1,448,037 87,305 521,514 4,322,527 (956,714) 5,445,960

 

Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows
for the year ended 31 December 2017

  Year ended
31 December
2017
US$
Year ended
31 December
2016

US$
Cash flows from operating activities    
Loss before tax (3,957,821) (1,059,713)
Adjustments for non-cash/non-operating items:    
Depreciation of plant and equipment 7,478 4,747
Amortisation of intangible assets 361,746 4,600
Increase in provision for contingent consideration - 5,000
Share based compensation 414,866 50,213
Issue of warrants in lieu of fees - 65,186
Interest paid 34,056 4,320
Interest received (129) (147)
Write off share issuance costs - -
Operating cash flows before movements in working capital (3,139,804) (925,794)
(Increase)/Decrease in inventories (328,199) 80,403
(Increase)/Decrease in trade and other receivables (440,931) 119,492
Increase in trade and other payables 1,343,861 67,031
Decrease in deferred revenue (50,618) (101,119)
Cash used in operations (2,615,691) (759,987)
Income taxes - -
Net cash used in operating activities (2,615,691) (759,987)
Cash flows from investing activities    
Purchase of plant and equipment (16,834) (10,933)
Net cash used in investing activities (16,834) (10,933)
Cash flows from financing activities    
Issue of shares 2,481,808 -
Interest paid (34,056) (4,320)
Interest received 129 147
Proceeds from (repayment of) borrowings 1,047,014 (39,459)
Net cash generated by/(used in) financing activities 3,494,895 (43,632)
Net increase/(decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 862,370 (814,552)
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of year 97,847 912,399
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year 960,217 97,847

 

Company Statement of Cash Flows
for the year ended 31 December 2017

  Year ended
31 December
2017
US$
Year ended
31 December
2016
US$
Cash flows from operating activities    
Loss before tax (956,714) -
Adjustments for non-cash/non-operating items:    
Share based payment expense 348,007 -
Operating cash flows before movements in working capital (608,707) -
Increase in trade and other receivables - -
Increase in trade and other payables 25,742 -
Cash used by operations (582,965) -
Income taxes - -
Net cash used by operating activities (582,965) -
Cash flows from financing activities    
Loans to related parties (1,851,022) -
Issue of notes and loans 832,579 -
Issue of shares 1,624,514 -
Net cash generated by financing activities 606,071 -
     
Increase in cash and cash equivalents 23,106 -
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of period - -
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period 23,106 -

 

Annual Report & Accounts

The 2017 Annual Report including notes to the Financial Statements is available on the Company's website here:

http://www.polarean-ir.com/content/investors/annual-reports.asp

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The first Annual General Meeting of Polarean Imaging plc will be held at the offices of Reed Smith LLP at The Broadgate Tower, 20 Primrose Street, London EC2A 2RS at 2.00 p.m. on 18 July 2018. The Notice of the Annual General Meeting is also available on the Company's website.

 

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