|ATHENEX, INC. filed this Form 10-Q on 05/09/2019|
1. Company and Nature of Business
Organization and Description of Business
Athenex, Inc. and subsidiaries (the “Company” or “Athenex”), originally under the name Kinex Pharmaceuticals LLC (“Kinex”), formed in November 2003, commenced operations on February 5, 2004, and operated as a limited liability company until it was incorporated in the State of Delaware under the name Kinex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. on December 31, 2012. The Company changed its name to Athenex, Inc. on August 26, 2015.
Athenex is a global biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of novel therapies for the treatment of cancer. The Company’s mission is to improve the lives of cancer patients by creating more effective, safer and tolerable treatments. The Company’s current clinical pipeline is derived from Orascovery, Src Kinase Inhibition, T-cell receptor-engineered T-cells (TCR-T), and Arginine deprivation therapy research platforms. The Company has assembled a leadership team and has established global operations in the U.S. and China across the pharmaceutical value chain to execute its mission to become a global leader in bringing innovative cancer treatments to the market and improve health outcomes. The Company’s primary activities since commencement have been conducting research and development internally and through corporate collaborators, in-licensing and out-licensing pharmaceutical compounds and technology, and conducting clinical trials. The Company also conducts commercial sales of specialty products through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Athenex Pharmaceutical Division (APD), under its Commercial Platform.
In January 2018, the Company completed an underwritten public follow-on offering of 4,300,000 shares of its common stock. The Company granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 645,000 shares of common stock. In February 2018, the underwriters partially exercised their option, purchasing an additional 465,000 shares of common stock. All shares were offered by the Company at a price of $15.25 per share. Net proceeds were $68.1 million, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses of $4.6 million.
Debt and Equity Offering
On July 3, 2018, the Company closed a privately placed debt and equity financing deal with Perceptive Advisors LLC and its affiliates (“Perceptive”) for gross proceeds of $100.0 million and received aggregate net proceeds of $97.1 million, net of fees and offering expenses. The Company entered into a 5-year senior secured loan for $50.0 million of this financing and issued 2,679,528 shares of its common stock at a purchase price of $18.66 per share for the remaining $50.0 million. The loan matures on the fifth anniversary from the closing date and bears interest at a floating per annum rate equal to London Interbank Offering Rates (“LIBOR”) (with a floor of 2.0%) plus 9.0%. The Company is required to make monthly interest-only payments with a bullet payment of the principal at maturity. The loan agreement contains specified financial maintenance covenants. In connection with the loan agreement, the Company granted Perceptive a warrant for the purchase of 425,000 shares of common stock at a purchase price of $18.66 per share. This was accounted for as a detachable warrant at its fair value and is recorded as an increase to additional paid-in-capital on the condensed consolidated statement of stockholders’ equity.
Significant Risks and Uncertainties
The Company has incurred operating losses since its inception and, as a result, as of March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018 had an accumulated deficit of $478.9 million and $443.7 million, respectively. Operations have been funded primarily through the sale of common stock and, to a lesser extent, from convertible bond financing, senior secured loan, revenue, and grant funding. The Company will require significant additional funds to conduct clinical trials and to fund its operations. There can be no assurances, however, that additional funding will be available on favorable terms, or at all. If adequate funds are not available, the Company may be required to delay, modify, or terminate its research and development programs or reduce its planned commercialization efforts. The Company believes that it will be able to obtain additional working capital through equity financings or other arrangements to fund operations, including additional public offerings; however, there can be no assurance that such additional financing, if available, can be obtained on terms acceptable to the Company. If the Company is unable to obtain such additional financing, the Company will need to reevaluate future operating plans and might delay, modify, or terminate its research and development programs or reduce its planned commercialization efforts. Accordingly, there is substantial doubt regarding the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern.