Palisade Bio Reports Third Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Provides Business Update

November 14, 2022

Carlsbad, CA, Nov. 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Palisade Bio, Inc., (Nasdaq: PALI) a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company advancing therapies for acute and chronic gastrointestinal (GI) complications (the “Company” or “Palisade”), reported its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2022. The Company also provided an update on the status of its clinical development programs for LB1148.

Clinical Program Update for LB1148

Advancement of U.S. Phase 2 Adhesions Study is Company’s Priority

The Company is conducting an ongoing randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group, multicenter Phase 2 clinical trial of LB1148 in patients undergoing elective bowel resection surgery in the United States (U.S.). This trial is designed to evaluate whether patients treated with LB1148 experience fewer postoperative intra-abdominal adhesions.

To date, the Company has enrolled 31 of an expected 70 patients in its U.S. Phase 2 adhesions study. The Company expects to announce interim data from this U.S. Phase 2 study within the first half of 2023 and believes it has sufficient capital to fund operations into the second half of 2023, at which time the Company expects it will announce topline data results for the completed U.S. Phase 2 study.

Robert McRae, Senior Vice President, Operations and Strategic Development of Palisade, stated, “Adhesions are reported to occur in more than 90% of abdominal surgeries and pose a serious risk of post-surgical complications including bowel obstruction, infertility, and severe pain. We are excited about the potential of LB1148 to impact the millions of patients at risk to these serious complications, which represents a costly and significant unmet medical need and large global commercial opportunity.”

Status of Palisade Bio’s Return of Bowel Function U.S. Phase 3 Study

In May 2022, the Company’s co-development partner in China received clearance from the Center for Drug Evaluation of the National Medical Products Administration of the People’s Republic of China to proceed with their Phase 3 clinical trial to evaluate LB1148 for accelerated return of bowel function in adult patients undergoing gastrointestinal surgery. In June 2022, based on data generated by this co-development partner in its earlier Phase 2 study, the Company initiated a Phase 3 clinical trial in the U.S. evaluating LB1148 to accelerate the return of bowel function in adult patients undergoing gastrointestinal surgery.

In October 2022, Palisade’s Board commenced a thorough review of the Company’s ongoing clinical programs of LB1148. The Company believes that the current U.S. Phase 3 study protocol requires additional standardization across sites and further clarification in the definition of endpoints to permit an adequate assessment of the efficacy of LB1148 to recover GI function.

Given the foregoing, as well as the financial resources available to the Company at this time, the Company believes it is in its stakeholders’ best interests to pause enrollment in the U.S. Phase 3 study in order to determine next steps for the study. The Company will prioritize the advancement of its U.S. Phase 2 adhesions study, which, it believes, will maximize the value of its current product pipeline.

J.D. Finley, interim CEO of Palisade, commented, “Our number one priority is advancing the U.S. Phase 2 study of LB1148 for the prevention of post-surgical abdominal adhesions in GI surgery. We are well funded through an interim data readout for this study in the first half of 2023 and topline results in the second half of 2023. Our new leadership along with our Board strongly believe the execution of this strategy will be the catalyst for unlocking significant value for our shareholders in the near-term.”

Notwithstanding this review and the pausing of the trial, the Company remains optimistic as to the efficacy of LB1148 for the return of bowel function based on the Company’s co-development partner’s Phase 2 data and its plan to continue its Phase 3 study in China.

Summary of Financial Results for Third Quarter 2022

As of September 30, 2022, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $14.0 million. Based on management’s current expectations, the Company has enough cash to fund operations into the second half of 2023.

Net loss was $4.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2022, compared to net income of $8.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021. Net income for the three months ended September 30, 2021 includes a non-cash gain of $12.8 million associated with the revaluation of the Company’s liability-classified warrants.

Research and development expenses were $1.9 million in the third quarter of 2022, compared to $0.6 million in the third quarter of 2021, an increase of $1.3 million, or approximately 209%. The increase is a result of the restart of the Company's LB1148 Phase 2 clinical study of the prevention of post-surgical abdominal adhesions and the initiation of its Phase 3 clinical study of the accelerated return of bowel function following gastrointestinal surgery.

General and administrative expenses decreased from $2.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021 to $2.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2022. The decrease of $0.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2022 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2021 was primarily attributable to a $0.6 decrease in professional and recruiting fees and a $0.1 decrease in consultants and contract labor, partially offset by (i) a $0.2 increase in net payroll and employee-related costs, (ii) a $0.1 million increase in insurance costs, and (iii) a $0.1 million increase in stock-based compensation expense.

The Company recognized restructuring costs of $0.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2022, consisting of severance and benefits payments pursuant to employment agreements and the execution of severance and release agreements with employees terminated under a September 2022 cost-reduction plan.

About Palisade Bio 

Palisade Bio is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing therapeutics that protect the integrity of the intestinal barrier. The Company utilizes over three decades of research and established science that links the role of intestinal barrier biology and human disease to develop novel therapeutics that target and improve the integrity of the intestinal barrier.

The Company’s lead program, LB1148, is a broad-spectrum serine protease inhibitor which acts to neutralize digestive enzymes, potentially reducing intestinal damage. In clinical studies, LB1148 has demonstrated positive results in accelerating the time to return of postoperative bowel function, and the Company recently presented analysis that LB1148 reduced the incidence and severity of post-surgical abdominal adhesions. LB1148 is currently being evaluated in a Phase 2 study for the prevention of post-surgical abdominal adhesions.

The Company believes that addressing the disruption of the intestinal barrier can fundamentally change the way diseases are treated and establish new standards of patient care. For more information, please go to www.palisadebio.com.

Forward Looking Statements
This communication contains “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the Company’s intentions, beliefs, projections, outlook, analyses or current expectations concerning, among other things: progress of studies, including opening additional clinical trial sites, timing of results or data, progress and completion of patient enrollment, including timing thereof and the Company’s co-development partner’s expectation to complete enrollment; regulatory progress and strategy, including potential registration and commercialization of LB1148; the extent of the cash runway; the closing of the underwritten public offering; and expected proceeds from financings. Any statements contained in this communication that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based upon the Company’s current expectations. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. The Company’s actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of these risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation, the Company’s ability to advance its clinical programs, the uncertain and time-consuming regulatory approval process; the Company’s ability to achieve additional financing to fund future operations and the Company’s ability to comply with the continued listing requirements for Nasdaq. Additional risks and uncertainties can be found in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 17, 2022, Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2022, filed with the SEC on November 14, 2022, as well as discussions of potential risks, uncertainties, and other important factors in our subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof and the Company expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in the Company’s expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements are based.

Investor Relations Contact
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Jenene Thomas
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Palisade Bio, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

    September 30,     December 31,  
    2022     2021  
    (Unaudited)        
             
ASSETS            
Current assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 13,985     $ 10,495  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     1,173       1,011  
Total current assets     15,158       11,506  
Restricted cash     26       26  
Right-of-use asset     324       109  
Other noncurrent assets     746       868  
Property and equipment, net     12       3  
Total assets   $ 16,266     $ 12,512  
             
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY            
Current liabilities:            
Accounts payable   $ 1,725     $ 1,323  
Accrued liabilities     1,242       463  
Accrued compensation and benefits     93       511  
Current portion of lease liability     101       112  
Debt     352       87  
Total current liabilities     3,513       2,496  
Warrant liability     84       2,651  
Lease liability, net of current portion     239        
Total liabilities     3,836       5,147  
Commitments and contingencies            
Stockholders' equity:            
Series A Convertible Preferred Stock, 7,000,000 shares authorized, $0.01
par value; 200,000 issued and outstanding at
September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021
    2       2  
Common stock, $0.01 par value; 300,000,000 shares
authorized as of September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021,
77,080,169 and 14,239,177 shares issued and
outstanding at September 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively
    771       143  
Additional paid-in capital     116,839       101,862  
Accumulated deficit     (105,182 )     (94,642 )
Total stockholders' equity     12,430       7,365  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 16,266     $ 12,512  


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

    Three Months Ended September 30,     Nine Months Ended September 30,  
    2022     2021     2022     2021  
Operating expenses:                        
Research and development   $ 1,928     $ 624     $ 4,204     $ 1,630  
In-process research and development                       30,117  
General and administrative     2,075       2,392       7,259       6,080  
Restructuring costs     410             410        
Total operating expenses     4,413       3,016       11,873       37,827  
Loss from operations     (4,413 )     (3,016 )     (11,873 )     (37,827 )
Other income (expense):                        
Gain on forgiveness of PPP loan                       279  
Loss on issuance of secured debt                       (686 )
Gain on change in fair value of warrant liability     385       12,764       2,403       17,939  
Gain on change in fair value of share liability           18             91  
Interest expense     (4 )     (26 )     (10 )     (2,393 )
Other income     41       20       50       36  
Loss on issuance of LBS Series 1 Preferred Stock                       (1,881 )
Loss on issuance of warrants           (1,673 )     (1,110 )     (3,247 )
Total other income (expense)     422       11,103       1,333       10,138  
Net (loss) income   $ (3,991 )   $ 8,087     $ (10,540 )   $ (27,689 )
(Loss) income per common share:                        
Basic   $ (0.08 )   $ 0.42     $ (0.37 )   $ (3.50 )
Diluted   $ (0.08 )   $ 0.42     $ (0.37 )   $ (4.13 )
Weighted average shares used in computing (loss) income per common share:                        
Basic     48,709,846       12,100,292       28,634,209       7,902,104  
Diluted     48,709,846       12,106,771       28,634,209       7,952,998  
Net (loss) income attributable to common shares - basic   $ (3,991 )   $ 5,118     $ (10,540 )   $ (27,689 )
Net (loss) income attributable to common shares - diluted   $ (3,991 )   $ 5,119     $ (10,540 )   $ (32,808 )


Palisade Bio, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)
(in thousands)

    Nine Months Ended September 30,  
    2022     2021  
       
Net loss   $ (10,540 )   $ (27,689 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:                
Depreciation and amortization     1       2  
In-process research and development           30,117  
Noncash transaction costs shared with Seneca           (135 )
Noncash lease expense     140       122  
Gain on forgiveness of PPP loan           (279 )
Accretion of debt discount and non-cash interest expense           2,334  
Loss on issuance of LBS Series 1 Preferred Stock           1,881  
Loss on issuance of secured debt           686  
Loss on issuance of warrants     1,110       3,247  
Change in fair value of warrant liabilities     (2,403 )     (17,939 )
Change in fair value of share liability           (91 )
Stock-based compensation     946       1,208  
Other     (213 )     (191 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:                
Other receivables           84  
Prepaid and other assets and other noncurrent assets     744       (1,264 )
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities     706       (2,145 )
Accrued compensation     (418 )     (1,544 )
Operating lease liabilities     (127 )     (122 )
Net cash used in operating activities     (10,054 )     (11,718 )
Cash flows from investing activities:                
Cash acquired in connection with the Merger           3,279  
Acquisition related costs paid           (3,333 )
Net cash used in investing activities           (54 )
Cash flows from financing activities:                
Payments on debt     (524 )     (949 )
Proceeds from issuance of debt           1,250  
Proceeds from issuance of LBS Series 1 Preferred Stock           19,900  
Proceeds from issuance of common stock and warrants     14,401       5,209  
Redemption of warrants           (99 )
Payment of equity issuance costs     (333 )      
Payment of debt issuance costs           (148 )
Net cash provided by financing activities     13,544       25,163  
Net (decrease) increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash     3,490       13,391  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period     10,521       739  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period   $ 14,011     $ 14,130  
Reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash to the balance sheets:                
Cash and cash equivalents     13,985       14,104  
Restricted cash     26       26  
Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash   $ 14,011     $ 14,130  


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