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Champions Oncology Reports Financial Results for the Quarter Ended October 31, 2012

HACKENSACK, N.J., Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Champions Oncology, Inc. (OTC: CSBR), engaged in the development of advanced technology solutions and services to personalize the development and use of oncology drugs, announced today its financial results for the fiscal quarter ended October 31, 2012.

Joel Ackerman, Champions Oncology CEO, stated, "We continue to make progress in increasing the number of TumorGrafts initiated and the size of our Tumorbank.  We expect these to drive increased value of our technology platform over the long term."

Operating revenues were $1.5 million, as compared to $1.8 million for the three months ended October 31, 2011. For the six months ended October 31, 2012 and 2011, operating revenues were $3.6 million and $3.4 million, respectively.

Total operating expenses were $3.4 million, as compared to $4.3 million for the three months ended October 31, 2011. Operating expenses were $7.1 million, as compared to $8.0 million for the six months ended October 31, 2011.

Champions reported a net loss of $2.0 million, or ($0.04) per share, as compared to a net loss of $2.3 million, or ($0.05) per share, for the three months ended October 31, 2011. For the six months ended October 31, 2012, Champions reported a net loss of $3.3 million, or ($0.07) per share, as compared to a net loss of $4.4 million, or ($0.09) per share, for the 2011 period.

Excluding stock-based compensation of $0.6 million and $0.9 million for the three months ended October 31, 2012 and 2011, Champions recognized a net loss of $1.4 million, or ($0.03) per share and a net loss of $1.5 million, or ($0.03) per share for three months ended October 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. For the six months ended October 31, 2012 and 2011, excluding stock-based compensation of $1.4 million and $1.9 million, Champions recognized a net loss of $1.9 million, or ($0.04) per share and a net loss of $2.5 million, or ($0.05) per share, respectively.

Operating Results

Personalized Oncology Solutions (POS) revenues were $0.5 million and $0.6 million for the three months ended October 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively, a decrease of $0.1 million, or 17%. For the six months ended October 31, 2012 and 2011, POS revenues were $1.4 million and $1.2 million, respectively, an increase of $0.2 million, or 17%. The increase in POS revenues was driven by an increased number of drug studies completed during the six months ended October 31, 2012 compared to the same period in the previous year. During the six months ended October 31, 2012 and 2011, the Company completed 22 and 5 drug studies, respectively.  These increases are the result of the steady increase in the number of TumorGrafts performed which have moved onto drug studies.

POS cost of sales was $0.6 million and $0.5 million for the three months ended October 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively, an increase of $0.1 million, or 20%. For the six months ended October 31, 2012 and 2011, POS cost of sales was $1.4 million and $0.9 million, respectively, an increase of $0.5 million, or 56%. For the three months ended October 31, 2012 and 2011, gross margins for POS were -20% and 17%, respectively. For the six months ended October 31, 2012 and 2011, gross margins for POS were 0% and 25%, respectively.  The increases in cost of sales and the declines in gross margins can be attributed to increased volumes of implants and drug studies performed, in line with management's strategy to obtain more tumors to increase our tumor model offerings to our TOS sponsors and increase the number of models in our Tumorbank 

Translational Oncology Solutions (TOS) revenues were $1.0 million and $1.2 million for the three months ended October 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively, a decrease of $0.2 million, or 17%. The decrease in TOS revenues was due primarily to decreased contract bookings in the previous quarters. TOS revenues were $2.2 million for each of the six month periods ended October 31, 2012 and 2011.

TOS cost of sales was $0.5 million and $0.6 million for the three months ended October 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively, a decrease of $0.1 million, or 17%. For the six months ended October 31, 2012 and 2011, TOS cost of sales was $1.2 million and $1.1 million, respectively, increase of $0.1 million, or 9%. For the three months ended October 31, 2012 and 2011, gross margins for TOS were 50%. For the six months ended October 31, 2012 and 2011, gross margins for TOS were 46% and 50%, respectively. The decline in gross margin for the six month period can be attributed to additional costs associated with transitioning laboratory activities in-house from a third-party contract research organization. Specifically, we made additional investments in our infrastructure and our laboratory staff to increase productivity and to support current and expected volumes, which is expected to significantly reduce the future cost of providing our services and allow us to maintain a more competitive pricing strategy.

Research and development expense was $0.4 million and $1.0 million for three months ended October 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively, a decrease of $0.6 million, or 60%.  For the six months ended October 31, 2012 and 2011, research and development expense was $0.8 million and $1.6 million, respectively, a decrease of $0.8 million, or 50%. This decrease is primarily related to decreased laboratory maintenance costs associated with research and development efforts, in line with our strategy to focus on our POS and TOS lines of business. Additionally, the decrease can be attributed to decreased tumor procurement costs, resulting from our strategy to source models from our POS business.

Sales and marketing expense was $0.7 million for each of the three month periods ended October 31, 2012 and 2011. For the six months ended October 31, 2012 and 2011, sales and marketing expense was $1.4 million and $1.3 million, respectively, an increase of $0.1 million, or 8%.

General and administrative expense was $1.2 million and $1.5 million for the three months ended October 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively, a decrease of $0.3 million, or 20%.   For the six months ended October 31, 2012 and 2011, general and administrative expense was $2.3 million and $3.1 million, respectively, a decrease of $0.8 million, or 26%. This decrease can be attributed to reductions in stock-based compensation expenses and consultant costs.  The decrease in stock-based compensation expense is primarily due to large prior period stock option grants that contain performance conditions and were, and continue to be, accounted for using the accelerated attribution method.

* Non-GAAP Financial Information

See the attached Reconciliation of GAAP Net Loss to Non-GAAP Net Loss for an explanation of the amounts excluded to arrive at non-GAAP net loss and related non-GAAP loss per share amounts for the three and six months ended October 31, 2012 and 2011.  Non-GAAP financial measures provide investors and management with supplemental measures of operating performance and trends that facilitate comparisons between periods before and after certain items that would not otherwise be apparent on a GAAP basis.  Certain unusual or non-recurring items that management does not believe affect the Company's basic operations do not meet the GAAP definition of unusual or non-recurring items.  Non-GAAP net loss and non-GAAP loss per share are not, and should not be viewed as a substitute for similar GAAP items.  We define non-GAAP diluted loss per share amounts as non-GAAP net loss divided by the weighted average number of diluted shares outstanding.  Our definition of non-GAAP net loss and non-GAAP diluted loss per share may differ from similarly named measures used by others.

Full details of the Company's financial results will be available in the Company's Form 10-K at www.championsoncology.com.

About Champions Oncology, Inc.

Champions Oncology, Inc. is engaged in the development of advanced technology solutions and services to personalize the development and use of oncology drugs.  The Company's TumorGraft Technology Platform is a novel approach to personalizing cancer care based upon the implantation of primary human tumors in immune deficient mice followed by propagation of the resulting engraftments, or TumorGrafts, in a manner that preserves the biological characteristics of the original human tumor in order to determine the efficacy of a treatment regimen.  The Company uses this technology in conjunction with related services to offer solutions for two customer groups:  Personalized Oncology Solutions, in which results help guide the development of personalized treatment plans, and Translational Oncology Solutions, in which pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies seeking personalized approaches to drug development can lower the cost and increase the speed of developing new drugs. TumorGrafts are procured through agreements with a number of institutions in the U.S. and overseas as well as through its Personalized Oncology Solutions business.

This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995) that inherently involve risk and uncertainties.  Champions Oncology generally uses words such as "believe," "may," "could," "will," "intend," "expect," "anticipate," "plan," and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements.  One should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.  The Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements for many unforeseen factors.  See Champions Oncology's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2012 for a discussion of such risks, uncertainties and other factors.  Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, they relate only to events as of the date on which the statements are made, and Champions Oncology's future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements may not meet these expectations.  The Company does not intend to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this press release to conform these statements to actual results or to changes in Champions Oncology's expectations, except as required by law.

Contact:
Susan Foreman
410-369-0365
[email protected]

Champions Oncology, Inc.
(Dollars in thousands except per share amounts)


Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Net Loss


Three Months

Ended October 31,

Six Months 

Ended October 31,

2012

2011

2012

2011

Net loss – GAAP

($1,974)

($2,349)

($3,297)

($4,387)

Less:

624

855

1,364

1,868

  Stock-based compensation





Net loss - non-GAAP

($1,350)

($1,494)

($1,933)

($2,519)

 

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Earnings Per Share (EPS)


Three Months

Ended October 31,

Six Months

Ended October 31,

2012

2011

2012

2011

EPS – GAAP

($0.04)

($0.05)

($0.07)

($0.09)

Less:

0.01

0.02

0.03

0.04

    Effect of stock-based compensation on EPS





EPS - non-GAAP

($0.03)

($0.03)

($0.04)

($0.05)

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)


Three Months

Ended October 31,

Six Months

Ended October 31,

2012

2011

2012

2011

POS operating revenue

$459

$590

$1,377

$1,188

TOS operating revenue

999

1,151

2,187

2,184

  Total operating revenue

$1,458

$1,741

$3,564

$3,372






Cost of POS

582

461

1,354

945

Cost of TOS

475

620

1,174

1,104

Research and development

436

1,008

823

1,616

Sales and marketing

680

651

1,389

1,262

General and administrative

1,201

1,470

2,340

3,130






  Loss from Operations

($1,916)

($2,469)

($3,516)

($4,685)






Other (Loss) Income

(57)

120

223

298






  Net Loss before income tax expense

($1,973)

($2,349)

($3,293)

($4,387)

Income taxes

1

-

4

-

  Net Loss

($1,974)

($2,349)

($3,297)

($4,387)






  Earnings per share- basic and diluted

($0.04)

($0.05)

($0.07)

($0.09)

Weighted average shares outstanding- basic and diluted

47,079,000

46,790,000

47,073,000

46,606,000

 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets


Balance as of 

October 31, 2012

(unaudited)

April 30, 2012

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$2,161

$4,716

Accounts receivable

627

584

Other current assets

95

205

  Total current assets

2,883

5,505




Restricted cash

188

188

Property and equipment, net

485

560

Goodwill

669

669

  Total assets

$4,225

$6,922




Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$1,723

$2,301

Deferred revenue

1,205

1,185

  Total current liabilities

2,928

3,486




Warrant liability

322

555

Redeemable common stock

8,159

8,159

Stockholders' deficit

(7,184)

(5,278)

  Total liabilities, redeemable common stock and

   stockholders' deficit

$4,225

$6,922

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)


Six Months Ended October 31,


2012

2011

Cash flows from operating activities:



Net Loss

($3,297)

($4,387)

Adjustments to reconcile net cash used in operations:



  Stock-based compensation expense

1,364

1,868

  Depreciation expense

103

49

  Change in fair value of warrant liability

(233)

(288)

  Changes in operating assets and liabilities

(491)

(533)

Net cash used in operating activities

(2,554)

(3,291)




Cash flows from investing activities:



  Purchases of property and equipment

(28)

(160)

Net cash used in investing activities:

(28)

(160)




Cash flows from financing activities:



  Proceeds from exercise of options and warrants

-

98

Net cash provided by financing activities:

-

98




Exchange rate effect on cash and cash equivalents

27

15

Decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(2,555)

(3,338)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

4,716

10,457

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$2,161

$7,119

 

SOURCE Champions Oncology, Inc.

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