Sio Gene Therapies Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results

–  Three-Month and Nine-Month Losses decline by 84.2% and 73.5%, respectively

–  Operating Cash Outflows for the Nine Months Ended December 31, 2022 decreased by $23.8 million or 56% versus the prior year period

–  $46.1 million of cash and cash equivalents as of December 31, 2022, a strong cash position as the Company prepares for liquidation and dissolution, subject to stockholder approval

NEW YORK, Feb. 14, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sio Gene Therapies Inc. (NASDAQ: SIOX) today provided financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended December 31, 2022.

“Our financial results continue to show the beneficial effects on operating expenses and cash burn resulting from the termination of the licenses to our three clinical-stage programs, the significant workforce reduction initiated last year April and successful negotiations with vendors and landlords. We are now focused on taking the steps necessary to put the Company and its three subsidiaries into the liquidation and dissolution process, including a stockholder vote expected to be held in April,” said David Nassif, J.D., Chief Executive Officer of Sio Gene Therapies.

Fiscal Third Quarter Financial Summary

Research and development expenses were $1.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2022 and $21.3 million for the three months ended December 31, 2021. The $19.4 million decrease was primarily related to decreases in:

(i) program-specific costs relating to our prior AXO-Lenti-PD and AXO-AAV-GM1 and AXO-AAV-GM2 programs, which decreased $15.5 million as we wound down our clinical-stage programs subsequent to our termination of the Oxford Biomedica and UMass agreements; and

(ii) unallocated internal costs, which decreased $3.9 million primarily due to reductions in personnel-related costs after announcing the discontinuation of our clinical-stage programs and initiating a significant reduction in workforce in April 2022.

General and administrative expenses were $2.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2022 and $4.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2021. The decrease of $1.5 million was primarily due to decreases of $1.0 million in stock-based compensation expense, $0.4 million of which results from prior year expense associated with Roivant Sciences Ltd. (“RSL”) equity instruments held by our former Chief Executive Officer, and $0.6 million in personnel-related expenses related to the workforce reduction that commenced in April 2022.

The net loss for the fiscal third quarter ended December 31, 2022 was $4.0 million, or $0.05 per share, compared to a net loss of $25.5 million, or $0.35 per share, in the fiscal third quarter ended December 31, 2021.

As of December 31, 2022, we had $46.13 million of cash and cash equivalents. We hold no short-term or long-term debt on the balance sheet.

Fiscal Nine Months Financial Summary

Research and development expenses were $7.8 million for the nine months ended December 31, 2022 and $40.8 million for the nine months ended December 31, 2021. The $33.0 million decrease was primarily related to decreases in:

(i) program-specific costs relating to our prior AXO-Lenti-PD and AXO-AAV-GM1 and AXO-AAV-GM2 programs, which decreased $24.6 million as we wound down our clinical-stage programs subsequent to our termination of the Oxford Agreement and the UMMS Agreement; and

(ii) unallocated internal costs, which decreased $8.4 million primarily due to reductions in personnel-related costs after announcing the discontinuation of our clinical-stage programs and initiating a significant reduction in workforce in April 2022. Personnel-related costs incurred during the nine months ended December 31, 2022 included $0.7 million of severance expense. Other costs incurred during the nine months ended December 31, 2022 included $0.7 million related to the early termination of the laboratory space lease in Durham, North Carolina and $0.6 million of losses on sales of equipment and furniture related to the termination of that lease. Further, stock-based compensation expense incurred during the nine months ended December 31, 2022 benefited from the reversal of $0.4 million from prior periods resulting from the workforce reduction.

General and administrative expenses were $8.5 million for the nine months ended December 31, 2022 and $17.7 million for the nine months ended December 31, 2021. The decrease of $9.2 million was primarily due to a decrease of $8.3 million in stock-based compensation expense, $6.3 million of which results from prior year expense associated with RSL equity instruments held by our former Chief Executive Officer, and a decrease of $1.7 million in personnel-related expenses.

The net loss for the nine months ended December 31, 2022 was $15.5 million, or $0.21 per share, compared to a net loss of $58.6 million, or $0.80 per share, for the nine months ended December 31, 2021.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements for the purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws. The use of words such as “expect,” “estimate,” “may” and other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. For example, all statements Sio makes regarding the proposed dissolution and its timing, including for holding a special stockholder meeting to approve the dissolution, cash position to support the dissolution, costs associated with its operating activities, potential cost savings and other benefits from cost reduction activities, and funding requirements and/or cash burn runway are forward-looking. All forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions by Sio’s management that, although Sio believes to be reasonable, are inherently uncertain. All forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those that Sio expected. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, the
availability, timing and amount of liquidating distributions; the amounts that will need to be set aside by Sio; the adequacy of such reserves to satisfy Sio’s obligations; potential unknown contingencies or liabilities, including tax claims, and Sio’s ability to favorably resolve them or at all; the amount of proceeds that might be realized from the sale or other disposition of any remaining assets; the application of, and any changes in, applicable tax laws, regulations, administrative practices, principles and interpretations; the incurrence by Sio of expenses relating to the dissolution; the ability of the board of directors to abandon, modify or delay implementation of the dissolution, even after stockholder approval; the uncertain macroeconomic environment; continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Sio’s operations; the actual funds required for planned operating activities; costs, risks and timing related to headcount reductions and capital conservation plans; and the outcome of interactions with regulatory agencies. These statements are also subject to a number of material risks and uncertainties that are described in Sio’s most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 14, 2023, as updated by its subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it was made. Sio undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND WHERE TO FIND IT

In connection with the proposed dissolution, the Company has filed with the SEC a preliminary proxy statement and other relevant materials and will file a definitive proxy statement. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING DECISION, INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT, ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO, ANY OTHER SOLICITING MATERIALS AND ANY OTHER DOCUMENTS TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC IN CONNECTION WITH THE PLAN OF DISSOLUTION AND RELATED MATTERS OR INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE IN THE PROXY STATEMENT WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE BECAUSE IT WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SIO GENE THERAPIES, INC., THE PROPOSED DISSOLUTION AND RELATED MATTERS. Stockholders may obtain a free copy of the proxy statement and the other relevant materials (when they become available), and any other documents filed by the Company with the SEC, at the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov or on the “Investors” section of Sio’s website at www.siogtx.com.

Participants in the Solicitation

Sio and its executive officer and directors may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from its stockholders with respect to the proposed dissolution and related matters and any other matters to be voted on at the special meeting of stockholders. Information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of such directors and executive officer will be included in the proxy statement (when available). Additional information regarding such directors and executive officer is included in Sio’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2022, which was filed with the SEC on June 14, 2022.

Information regarding the persons who may, under SEC rules, be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies of Sio’s shareholders in connection with the dissolution and related matters and any other matters to be voted upon at the special meeting will be set forth in the proxy statement (when available). These documents are available free of charge as described in the preceding section.

Contacts:

Media, Investors and Analysts

David W. Nassif
Sio Gene Therapies Inc.
Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel
[email protected]



SIO GENE THERAPIES INC.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

    Three Months Ended December 31,   Nine Months Ended December 31,
      2022       2021       2022       2021  
Operating expenses:                
Research and development expenses                
(includes stock-based compensation expense (benefit) of $0 and $130 for the three months ended December 31, 2022 and 2021 and $(409) and $1,051 for the nine months ended December 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively)   $ 1,883     $ 21,287     $ 7,761     $ 40,793  
General and administrative expenses                
(includes stock-based compensation expense of $227 and $1,268 for the three months ended December 31, 2022 and 2021 and $692 and $8,966 for the nine months ended December 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively)     2,600       4,086       8,533       17,693  
Total operating expenses     4,483       25,373       16,294       58,486  
Other (income) expenses:                
Other (income) expense, net     (464 )     83       (785 )     105  
Loss before income tax benefit     (4,019 )     (25,456 )     (15,509 )     (58,591 )
Income tax benefit                 (4 )     (28 )
Net loss   $ (4,019 )   $ (25,456 )   $ (15,505 )   $ (58,563 )
Net loss per share of common stock — basic and diluted   $ (0.05 )   $ (0.35 )   $ (0.21 )   $ (0.80 )
Weighted-average shares of common stock outstanding — basic and diluted     73,975,196       73,335,279       73,905,737       73,046,889  



SIO GENE THERAPIES INC.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

    December 31, 2022   March 31, 2022
Assets        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 46,127     $ 63,729  
Restricted cash           1,184  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     789       5,214  
Income tax receivable     356       1,609  
Total current assets     47,272       71,736  
Operating lease right-of-use assets           2,444  
Property and equipment, net           900  
Total assets   $ 47,272     $ 75,080  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable   $ 201     $ 3,984  
Accrued expenses     1,951       8,232  
Current portion of operating lease liabilities           786  
Total current liabilities     2,152       13,002  
Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion           1,730  
Total liabilities     2,152       14,732  
Stockholders’ equity:        
Common stock, par value $0.00001 per share, 1,000,000,000 shares authorized, 73,975,196 and 73,739,378 issued and outstanding at December 31, 2022 and March 31, 2022, respectively     1       1  
Additional paid-in capital     923,249       922,966  
Accumulated deficit     (878,461 )     (862,956 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income     331       337  
Total stockholders’ equity     45,120       60,348  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 47,272     $ 75,080  



SIO GENE THERAPIES INC.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited, in thousands)

    Nine Months Ended December 31,
      2022       2021  
Cash flows from operating activities:        
Net loss   $ (15,505 )   $ (58,563 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:        
Non-cash lease expenses     2,444       229  
Stock-based compensation expense     283       10,017  
Depreciation and non-cash amortization     137       187  
Change in operating lease liabilities     (2,516 )     (265 )
Other     857       7  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     4,425       2,104  
Income tax receivable     1,253       (76 )
Accounts payable     (3,783 )     5,270  
Accrued expenses     (6,281 )     (1,434 )
Net cash used in operating activities     (18,686 )     (42,524 )
Cash flows from investing activities:        
Cash proceeds from sale of long-term investment           4,343  
Cash proceeds from sale of property and equipment     190        
Purchases of property and equipment     (290 )     (336 )
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities     (100 )     4,007  
Cash flows from financing activities:        
Cash proceeds from issuance of shares of common stock, net of issuance costs           1,441  
Net cash provided by financing activities           1,441  
Net change in cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and long-term restricted cash     (18,786 )     (37,076 )
Total cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and long-term restricted cash—beginning of period     64,913       120,170  
Total cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and long-term restricted cash—end of period   $ 46,127     $ 83,094  
Cash and cash equivalents —beginning of period     63,729       118,986  
Restricted cash included in current assets—beginning of period     1,184        
Restricted cash included in long-term assets—beginning of period           1,184  
Total cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and long-term restricted cash—beginning of period   $ 64,913     $ 120,170  
Cash and cash equivalents—end of period     46,127       81,910  
Restricted cash included in current assets—end of period           1,184  
Total cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash—end of period   $ 46,127     $ 83,094  

 

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