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Avalo Reports First Quarter 2024 Financial Results and Provides Business Updates
[May 13, 2024]

Avalo Reports First Quarter 2024 Financial Results and Provides Business Updates


  • Topline results from planned Phase 2 trial of AVTX-009 in hidradenitis suppurativa expected in 2026
  • Cash on hand of approximately $110 million as of March 31, 2024 with expected cash runway into 2027

WAYNE, Pa. and ROCKVILLE, Md., May 13, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Avalo Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVTX), today announced business updates and financial results for the first quarter of 2024.

“Over the past month we have made considerable progress toward initiating our planned Phase 2 trial of AVTX-009 in hidradenitis suppurativa. Our experienced team has been working closely with subject matter experts on trial enabling activities, and we plan to have the trial underway this year,” said Dr. Garry Neil, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. “Our main focus remains on the initiation of the Phase 2 trial in hidradenitis suppurativa. Upon trial initiation, we plan to expand our focus to include the evaluation and announcement of a second indication, as well as pursuing the development of a next generation anti-IL-1ß mAb.”

Program Updates and Milestones:

  • AVTX-009: Anti-IL-1ß monoclonal antibody (mAb) targeting inflammatory diseases.
    • Avalo is pursuing the development of AVTX-009 in hidradenitis suppurativa and expects topline data from its planned Phase 2 trial in hidradenitis suppurativa in 2026.
    • In addition to hidradenitis suppurativa, Avalo plans to develop AVTX-009 in at least one other chronic inflammatory indication.
  • Next Generation anti-IL-1ß mAb.
    • Avalo is pursuing a next generation anti-IL-1ß with an extended half-life.
  • Quisovalimab (AVTX-002): Anti-LIGHT mAb targeting immune-inflammatory diseases.
    • Avalo is conducting a strategic review of the quisovalimab program.
  • AVTX-008: B and T Lymphocyte Attenuator (BTLA) agonist fusion protein targeting immune dysregulation disorders.
    • Avalo is conducting a strategic review of the AVTX-008 program.

First Quarter 2024 Financial Update:

As of March 31, 2024, Avalo had $110.2 million in cash and cash equivalents. In March 2024, the Company closed a private placement investment for up to $185.0 million in gross proceeds, including an initial upfront gross investment of $115.6 million. The Company could receive up to an additional $69.4 million of gross proceeds upon the exercise of the warrants issued in the financing. The Company’s current cash on hand is expected to fund operations through the data readout of our planned Phase 2 trial in hidradenitis suppurativa and into 2027.

For the three months ended March 31, 2024, Avalo generated a net loss of $121.3 million. The increase in net loss as compared to the prior period was primarily driven by the excess of warrant fair value over private placement proceeds. The warrants did not satisfy the conditions to be accounted for as an equity instrument and therefore were classified as a liability upon issuance. The initial fair value of the warrants at issuance was $194.9 million, which exceeded the upfront gross proceeds of $115.6 million, resulting in a $79.3 million loss recognized for the three months ended March 31, 2024. The fair value of the warrant liability was estimated using a Black-Scholes option-pricing model and the key variable input driving the fair value was the closing stock price of $21.75 on March 28, 2024, which was the initial valuation date, as well as the last trading day of the first quarter of 2024. Because the warrants are carried at fair value, future changes in fair value will be recognized in other (expense) income, net at each reporting period until the warrants are either exercised or expired. In addition, Avalo’s acquisition of AlmataBio, Inc. was accounted for as an asset acquisition resulting in the recognition of $27.5 million of acquired in-process research and development (“IPR&D”) expense. Finally, we recognized $9.2 million of private placement transaction expenses within other expense. Net loss per share of common stock decreased as a result of the increase in the shares outstanding from the first quarter of 2023, partially offset by the increase in net loss.

Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share and per share data)

 March 31, 2024 December 31,
2023

 
 (unaudited)   
Assets        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents$110,177  $7,415  
Other receivables 35   136  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 997   843  
Restricted cash, current portion 4   1  
Total current assets 111,213   8,395  
Property and equipment, net 1,882   1,965  
Goodwill 10,502   10,502  
Restricted cash, net of current portion 131   131  
Total assets$123,728  $20,993  
Liabilities, mezzanine equity and stockholders’ (deficit) equity        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable$916  $446  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 7,383   4,172  
Warrant liability 194,901     
Contingent consideration 12,500     
Total current liabilities 215,700   4,618  
Royalty obligation 2,000   2,000  
Deferred tax liability, net 162   155  
Derivative liability 5,670   5,550  
Other long-term liabilities 1,281   1,366  
Total liabilities 224,813   13,689  
Mezzanine equity:        
Series C Preferred Stock—$0.001 par value; 34,326 and 0 shares of Series C


Preferred Stock authorized at March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023,
respectively; 22,358 and 0 shares of Series C Preferred Stock issued and
outstanding at March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023, respectively
 11,457     
Series D Preferred Stock—$0.001 par value; 1 and 0 shares of Series D Preferred
Stock authorized at March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023, respectively; 1 and 0
shares of Series D Preferred Stock issued and outstanding at March 31, 2024 and
December 31, 2023, respectively
      
Series E Preferred Stock—$0.001 par value; 1 and 0 shares of Series E Preferred
Stock authorized at March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023, respectively; 1 and 0
shares of Series E Preferred Stock issued and outstanding at March 31, 2024 and
December 31, 2023, respectively
      
Stockholders’ (deficit) equity:        
Common stock—$0.001 par value; 200,000,000 shares authorized at March 31,
2024 and December 31, 2023; 1,034,130 and 801,746 shares issued and
outstanding at March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023, respectively
 1   1  
Additional paid-in capital 343,881   342,437  
Accumulated deficit (456,424)  (335,134) 
Total stockholders’ (deficit) equity (112,542)  7,304  
Total liabilities, mezzanine equity and stockholders’ (deficit) equity$123,728  $20,993  
  

The consolidated balance sheets as of March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023 have been derived from the reviewed and audited financial statements, respectively, but do not include all of the information and footnotes required by accounting principles accepted in the United States for complete financial statements.

Consolidated Statements of Operations


(In thousands, except per share data)

 Three Months Ended
March 31,

 
  2024   2023  
Revenues:        
Product revenue, net$  $475  
    Total revenues, net    475  
         
Operating expenses:        
Cost of product sales (80)  551  
Research and development 2,116   6,008  
Acquired in-process research and development 27,538     
General and administrative 3,193   2,708  
 Total operating expenses 32,767   9,267  
  (32,767)  (8,792) 
Other expense:        
Excess of warrant fair value over private placement proceeds (79,276)    
Private placement transaction costs (9,220)    
Change in fair value of derivative liability (120)  (180) 
Interest income, net 100   (949) 
Other expense, net    (26) 
Total other expense, net (88,516)  (1,155) 
Loss before taxes (121,283)  (9,947) 
Income tax expense 7   8  
Net loss and comprehensive loss$(121,290) $(9,955) 
Net loss per share of common stock, basic and diluted1$(141) $(204) 
  

1 Amounts for prior periods presented have been retroactively adjusted to reflect the 1-for-240 reverse stock split effected on December 28, 2023.

The unaudited consolidated statements of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2024 and 2023 have been derived from the reviewed financial statements, but do not include all of the information and footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States for complete financial statements.

About AVTX-009

AVTX-009 is a humanized monoclonal antibody (IgG4) that binds to interleukin-1ß (IL-1ß) with high affinity and neutralizes its activity. IL-1ß is a central driver in the inflammatory process. Overproduction or dysregulation of IL-1ß is implicated in many autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. IL-1ß is a major, validated target for therapeutic intervention. There is evidence that inhibition of IL-1ß could be effective in hidradenitis suppurativa and a variety of inflammatory diseases in dermatology, gastroenterology, and rheumatology.

About quisovalimab (AVTX-002)

Quisovalimab is a fully human monoclonal antibody (mAb), directed against human LIGHT (Lymphotoxin-like, exhibits Inducible expression, and competes with Herpes Virus Glycoprotein D for Herpesvirus Entry Mediator (HVEM), a receptor expressed by T lymphocytes). There is increasing evidence that the dysregulation of the LIGHT-signaling network which includes LIGHT, its receptors HVEM and LTßR and the downstream checkpoint BTLA, is a disease-driving mechanism in autoimmune and inflammatory reactions in barrier organs. Therefore, we believe reducing LIGHT levels can moderate immune dysregulation in many acute and chronic inflammatory disorders. Quisovalimab previously demonstrated proof of concept in COVID-19 induced acute respiratory distress syndrome including reduction in mortality and respiratory failure, as well as a positive signal in patients with Crohn’s Disease.

About AVTX-008

AVTX-008 is a fully human B and T Lymphocyte Attenuator (BTLA) agonist fusion protein in the IND-enabling stage. AVTX-008 is differentiated by having specific binding to BTLA, with no binding to LIGHT or CD160. AVTX-008 also has high-serum stability and solubility.

About Avalo Therapeutics

Avalo Therapeutics is a clinical stage biotechnology company focused on the treatment of immune dysregulation. Avalo’s lead asset is AVTX-009, an anti-IL-1ß mAb, targeting inflammatory diseases. Avalo’s pipeline also includes quisovalimab (anti-LIGHT mAb) and AVTX-008 (BTLA agonist fusion protein).

For more information about Avalo, please visit www.avalotx.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may include forward-looking statements made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts. Such forward-looking statements are subject to significant risks and uncertainties that are subject to change based on various factors (many of which are beyond Avalo’s control), which could cause actual results to differ from the forward-looking statements. Such statements may include, without limitation, statements with respect to Avalo’s plans, objectives, projections, expectations and intentions and other statements identified by words such as “projects,” “may,” “might,” “will,” “could,” “would,” “should,” “continue,” “seeks,” “aims,” “predicts,” “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “intends,” “plans,” “potential,” or similar expressions (including their use in the negative), or by discussions of future matters such as: the intended use of the proceeds from the private placement; integration of AVTX-009 into our operations; drug development costs, timing of trial results and other risks, including reliance on investigators and enrollment of patients in clinical trials; reliance on key personnel; regulatory risks; general economic and market risks and uncertainties, including those caused by the war in Ukraine and the Middle East; and those other risks detailed in Avalo’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, available at www.sec.gov. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. Except as required by applicable law, Avalo expressly disclaims any obligations or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in Avalo’s expectations with respect thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.

For media and investor inquiries

Christopher Sullivan, CFO
Avalo Therapeutics, Inc.
[email protected]
410-803-6793

or

Chris Brinzey
ICR Westwicke
[email protected]
339-970-2843


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