TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, Oct. 25, 2006 – Compugen Ltd. (NASDAQ: CGEN) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2006.
“Our recent announcement that three in silico predicted therapeutic candidates have shown the expected in vitro and in vivo functional activities is another demonstration of the unique predictive capability of our science based discovery engines,” stated Alex Kotzer, Compugen’s President and CEO. “During the recent quarter, we continued to take advantage of this broad capability as we both utilized our existing platforms for discovery of additional product candidates, and successfully tested prototypes of new discovery engines which are now extending this capability into important new medical areas. Based on this progress, we have initiated discussions with a number of companies regarding possible development and licensing arrangements and we look forward to reporting the results of these efforts during the coming months,” Mr. Kotzer concluded.
As anticipated, revenues for the third quarter and first nine months of 2006 were not significant (no revenues for the third quarter of 2006, compared to $95,000 for the third quarter of 2005, and revenues of $205,000 for the first nine months of 2006, compared to $646,000 for the same period in 2005).
The net loss for the quarter was $2.5 million (including non-cash expense of $551,000 related to stock based compensation), or $0.09 per share, compared with a net loss of $3.6 million (including a non-cash expense of $332,000 related to stock based compensation), or $0.13 per share, for the corresponding quarter of 2005. The net loss for the first nine months of 2006 was $9.2 million (including non-cash expense of $1.6 million related to stock based compensation), or $0.33 per share, compared with a net loss of $10.6 million (including non-cash expense of $313,000 related to stock based compensation), or $0.38 per share, for the same period in 2005.
Research and development expenses of $2.6 million for the most recent quarter compared to $3.0 million for the third quarter of 2005, remain the Company’s largest expense. Research and development expenses for the first nine months of 2006 were $8.3 million compared to $9.5 million for the comparable period in 2005. These amounts are before the deduction of governmental and other grants, which increased to $820,000 for the third quarter ended September 30, 2006, compared with $666,000 for the corresponding quarter in 2005, and $1.3 million for the first nine months of 2006 compared with $1.5 million for the comparable period in 2005.
As of September 30, 2006, Compugen had $28.5 million in cash, cash equivalents, short and long term deposits, and marketable securities, a decrease of $8.3 million for the nine months from December 31, 2005, consistent with our previously announced outlook of total cash usage for the full year 2006 of $11-13 million.
Conference Call and Web Cast Information
Compugen will hold a conference call to discuss its third quarter results on October 25, 2006 at 10:00 am EST. To access the conference call, please dial 1-866-860-9642 from the US or +972 3-918-0610 internationally. A replay of the conference call will also be available approximately two hours after the completion of the live conference call. To access the replay, please dial 1-866-276-1485 from the US or +972 3-925-5901 internationally. The replay will be available until 12 noon EST on October 27, 2006. The call will also be available via live Web cast through Compugen’s Website, located at www.cgen.com.
Compugen’s mission is to be the world leader in the discovery and licensing of product candidates to the drug and diagnostic industry. The Company’s powerful discovery engines enable the predictive discovery of numerous potential therapeutics and diagnostic biomarkers. This capability results from the Company’s decade-long pioneering efforts in the deeper understanding of important biological phenomena at the molecular level through the incorporation of ideas and methods from mathematics, computer science and physics into biology, chemistry and medicine. To date, Compugen’s product discovery efforts and its initial discovery engines have focused mainly within the areas of cancer, immune-related and cardiovascular diseases. The Company’s primary commercialization pathway for its therapeutic and diagnostic product candidates is to enter into milestone and revenue sharing out-licensing and joint development agreements with leading companies. Compugen has established an agricultural biotechnology affiliate – Evogene, and a small-molecule drug discovery affiliate – Keddem Bioscience. For additional information, please visit Compugen’s corporate Website at www.cgen.com.
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include words like “may,” “expects,” “believes,” and “intends,” and describe opinions about future events. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Compugen to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Some of these risks are: changes in relationships with collaborators; the impact of competitive products and technological changes; risks relating to the development of new products; the ability to implement technological improvements; the ability of Compugen to obtain and retain customers. These and other factors are identified and more fully explained under the heading “Risk Factors” in Compugen’s annual reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Chief Financial Officer