Aptorum Group Limited Reports 2023 Fiscal Year End Financial Results and Provides Business Update By Investing.com



NEW YORK & LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Aptorum Group Limited (Nasdaq: APM) (Aptorum Group or We), a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to meeting unmet medical needs in oncology, autoimmune diseases and infectious diseases, today announced financial results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023, and provided an update on corporate developments.

Mr. Ian Huen, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Aptorum Group, commented, Throughout 2023, we have maintained a strategic focus on the progression of our lead projects to effectively utilize our resources. Additionally, the previously announced proposed reverse merger with YOOV Group Holding demonstrates our commitment to shareholder interests and our continuous pursuit of opportunities that enhance our corporate value.

Corporate Highlights

On March 1, 2024, the Group entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the Merger Agreement) by and among Company, and YOOV Group Holding Limited, a company organized under the laws of British Virgin Islands (YOOV). The Merger Agreement was unanimously approved by Company’s and YOOV’s boards of directors (each board of directors, the Board), respectively. If the Merger Agreement is approved by Company’s and YOOV’s shareholders (and the other closing conditions are satisfied or waived in accordance with the Merger Agreement), and upon consummation of the transactions contemplated by the Merger Agreement, the Group will incorporate a wholly-owned subsidiary under the laws of the British Virgin Islands (Merger Sub) that will merge with and into YOOV, with YOOV surviving the merger as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Group (collectively, the Merger). The Group, upon the closing of the merger is referred to herein as the combined company. Upon consummation of the transaction, YOOV will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Group, and the existing YOOV shareholders and existing Group shareholders will own approximately 90% and 10%, respectively, of the outstanding shares of the combined company. The consummation of this merger remains uncertain as it is contingent upon the fulfillment of specific closing conditions.

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Fiscal Year End Financial Results

Aptorum Group reported a net loss of $4.3 million in 2023, as compared to $11.5 million in 2022. The decrease in net loss were largely attributed to disciplined cost control measures and a strategic concentration on our lead projects. These efforts led to a decrease in net loss by $7.2 million.

Research and development expenses were $5.2 million in 2023 as compared to $9.2 million in 2022. As a consequence of exclusive emphasis on its lead projects and suspension of non-lead projects, there was a notable decrease in the utilization of external consultants and full impairment of patents related to these non-lead projects. Moreover, the payroll expenses for research and development staff decreased as a result of the reversal of deferred cash bonus payables to employees and consultants, and reduction of employees during the current period. The reversal was due to the Group’s agreements with employees and consultants to discharge the Group’s obligation to settle their outstanding deferred cash bonus payables from previous years in exchange of fully vested ordinary shares.

General and administrative fees were $1.9 million in 2023 as compared to $5.2 million in 2022. The decrease in general and administrative fees was primary due to the reversal of deferred cash bonus payables to employees and reduction of employees during the current period. The reversal was due to the Group’s agreements with employees to discharge the Group’s obligation to settle their outstanding deferred cash bonus payables from previous years in exchange of fully vested ordinary shares.

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Legal and professional fees were $2.5 million in 2023 as compared to $2.9 million in 2022. The decrease in legal and professional fees was mainly due to less consulting services engaged during 2023 as a consequence of exclusive emphasis on its lead projects and suspension of non-lead projects.

Aptorum Group reported $2.0 million of cash as of December 31, 2023 compared to $5.0 million of cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash as of December 31, 2022. The decrease was mainly due to the cash and cash equivalents used in operating activities of $7.7 million and repayment of bank loan of $3 million, partly offset by the proceeds from issuance of Class A Ordinary Shares through an at-the-market offering of $1.6 million, loan from related parties of $2.5 million, and proceeds from issuance of convertible notes of $3.0 million in 2023.

About Aptorum Group

Aptorum Group Limited (Nasdaq: APM) is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development and commercialization of therapeutic assets to treat diseases with unmet medical needs, particularly in oncology (including orphan oncology indications) and infectious diseases. The pipeline of Aptorum is also enriched through the co-development of PathsDx Test, a novel molecular-based rapid pathogen identification and detection diagnostics technology, with Accelerate Technologies Pte Ltd, commercialization arm of the Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research.

For more information about the Company, please visit www.aptorumgroup.com.

Disclaimer and Forward-Looking Statements

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of offers to buy any securities of Aptorum Group.

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This press release includes statements concerning Aptorum Group Limited and its future expectations, plans and prospects that constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. For this purpose, any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as may, should, expects, plans, anticipates, could, intends, target, projects, contemplates, believes, estimates, predicts, potential, or continue, or the negative of these terms or other similar expressions. Aptorum Group has based these forward-looking statements, which include statements regarding projected timelines for application submissions and trials, largely on its current expectations and projections about future events and trends that it believes may affect its business, financial condition and results of operations.

These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions including, without limitation, risks related to its announced management and organizational changes, the continued service and availability of key personnel, its ability to expand its product assortments by offering additional products for additional consumer segments, development results, the company’s anticipated growth strategies, anticipated trends and challenges in its business, and its expectations regarding, and the stability of, its supply chain, and the risks more fully described in Aptorum Group’s Form 20-F and other filings that Aptorum Group may make with the SEC in the future. As a result, the projections included in such forward-looking statements are subject to change and actual results may differ materially from those described herein.

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Aptorum Group assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this press release as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

This press release is provided as is without any representation or warranty of any kind.

APTORUM GROUP LIMITED

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

For Years Ended December 31, 2023 and 2022

(Stated in U.S. Dollars)

 

 

 

 

Year Ended
December 31,
2023

 

 

Year Ended
December 31,
2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healthcare services income

 

$

431,378

 

 

$

1,295,889

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of healthcare services

 

 

(420,812

)

 

 

(1,215,824

)

Research and development expenses

 

 

(5,198,329

)

 

 

(9,219,595

)

General and administrative fees

 

 

(1,930,637

)

 

 

(5,220,405

)

Legal and professional fees

 

 

(2,538,161

)

 

 

(2,888,140

)

Other operating expenses

 

 

(1,067,690

)

 

 

(261,038

)

Total operating expenses

 

 

(11,155,629

)

 

 

(18,805,002

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other income, net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss on investments in marketable securities, net

 

 

(9,266

)

 

 

(134,134

)

Gain on long-term investments

 

 

6,353,888

 

 

 

5,588,051

 

Interest (expense) income, net

 

 

(121,145

)

 

 

146,588

 

Sundry income

 

 

159,799

 

 

 

383,506

 

Total other income, net

 

 

6,383,276

 

 

 

5,984,011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

 

(4,340,975

)

 

 

(11,525,102

)

Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests

 

 

1,516,328

 

 

 

1,725,542

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss attributable to Aptorum Group Limited

 

$

(2,824,647

)

 

$

(9,799,560

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss per share attributable to Aptorum Group Limited

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

– Basic(1)

 

$

(0.62

)

 

$

(2.75

)

– Diluted(1)

 

$

(0.62

)

 

$

(2.75

)

Weighted-average shares outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

– Basic(1)

 

 

4,521,133

 

 

 

3,569,484

 

– Diluted(1)

 

 

4,521,133

 

 

 

3,569,484

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

$

(4,340,975

)

 

$

(11,525,102

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive (loss) income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exchange differences on translation of foreign operations

 

 

(44,430

)

 

 

35,826

 

Other comprehensive (loss) income

 

 

(44,430

)

 

 

35,826

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive loss

 

 

(4,385,405

)

 

 

(11,489,276

)

Comprehensive loss attributable to non-controlling interests

 

 

1,516,328

 

 

 

1,725,542

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive loss attributable to the shareholders of Aptorum Group Limited

 

 

(2,869,077

)

 

 

(9,763,734

)

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All per share amounts and shares outstanding for all periods have been retroactively restated to reflect APTORUM GROUP LIMITED’s 1 for 10 reverse stock split, which was effective on January 23, 2023.

APTORUM GROUP LIMITED

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

December 31, 2023 and 2022

(Stated in U.S. Dollars)

 

 

 

 

December 31,
2023

 

 

December 31,
2022

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash

 

$

2,005,351

 

 

$

1,882,545

 

Restricted cash

 

 

 

 

 

3,130,335

 

Accounts receivable

 

 

47,709

 

 

 

174,426

 

Inventories

 

 

 

 

 

27,722

 

Marketable securities, at fair value

 

 

 

 

 

102,481

 

Amounts due from related parties, net

 

 

961

 

 

 

129,677

 

Due from brokers

 

 

 

 

 

652

 

Loan receivable from related parties, net

 

 

 

 

 

875,956

 

Other receivables and prepayments

 

 

422,071

 

 

 

744,008

 

Total current assets

 

 

2,476,092

 

 

 

7,067,802

 

Property and equipment, net

 

 

1,663,926

 

 

 

2,825,059

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

 

182,057

 

 

 

347,000

 

Long-term investments

 

 

16,098,846

 

 

 

9,744,958

 

Intangible assets, net

 

 

147,347

 

 

 

752,705

 

Long-term deposits

 

 

71,823

 

 

 

129,847

 

Total Assets

 

$

20,640,091

 

 

$

20,867,371

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amounts due to related parties

 

$

79,180

 

 

$

12,693

 

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

 

 

1,894,341

 

 

 

6,166,807

 

Operating lease liabilities, current

 

 

125,232

 

 

 

310,548

 

Bank loan

 

 

 

 

 

3,000,000

 

Convertible notes

 

 

 

 

 

3,013,234

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

2,098,753

 

 

 

12,503,282

 

Operating lease liabilities, non-current

 

 

99,485

 

 

 

30,784

 

Convertible notes to a related party

 

 

3,058,500

 

 

 

 

Loan payables to related parties

 

 

 

 

 

500,000

 

Total Liabilities

 

$

5,256,738

 

 

$

13,034,066

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class A Ordinary Shares ($0.00001 par value, 9,999,996,000,000 shares authorized,
2,937,921 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2023; $10.00 par
value; 6,000,000 shares authorized, 1,326,953 shares issued and outstanding as of
and 2022(1))

 

$

31

 

 

$

13,269,528

 

Class B Ordinary Shares ($0.00001 par value; 4,000,000 shares authorized,
2,243,776 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2023; $10.00 par
value; 4,000,000 shares authorized, 2,243,776 shares issued and outstanding as of
December 31, 2022(1))

 

 

22

 

 

 

22,437,754

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

93,018,528

 

 

 

45,308,080

 

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income

 

 

(10,623

)

 

 

33,807

 

Accumulated deficit

 

 

(68,161,722

)

 

 

(65,337,075

)

Total equity attributable to the shareholders of Aptorum Group Limited

 

 

24,846,236

 

 

 

15,712,094

 

Non-controlling interests

 

 

(9,462,883

)

 

 

(7,878,789

)

Total equity

 

 

15,383,353

 

 

 

7,833,305

 

Total Liabilities and Equity

 

$

20,640,091

 

 

$

20,867,371

 

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All per share amounts and shares outstanding for all periods have been retroactively restated to reflect APTORUM GROUP LIMITED’s 1 for 10 reverse stock split, which was effective on January 23, 2023.

 

Aptorum Group Limited
Investor Relations Department
investor.relations@aptorumgroup.com
+44 20 80929299

Source: Aptorum Group Limited





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