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Lorus Therapeutics Reports Second Quarter Results for Fiscal 2014
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Jan. 7, 2014) - Lorus Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:LOR) ("Lorus" or the "Company") reported financial results for the three and six months ended November 30, 2013 and provided an update on recent accomplishments. Unless specified otherwise, all amounts are in Canadian dollars.
The net loss for the quarter ending November 30, 2013 was $2.8 million, or ($0.06) per share, compared with a net loss of $1.6 million, or ($0.04) per share for the same period in the prior year. Total cash, cash equivalents and investments as of November 30, 2013 totaled $1.7 million.
"The recent quarter was marked by significant corporate and product development events that well position Lorus for the advancement of our lead program LOR-253 for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and potentially other hematologic cancers," said William G. Rice, Ph.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Notably, with a new management team in place, we have redirected our development efforts and completed a capital raise that will provide adequate runway for the Company for the foreseeable future."
SECOND QUARTER 2014 AND RECENT HIGHLIGHTS
Net loss for the three months ended November 30, 2013 was $2.8 million ($0.06 per share) compared to $1.6 million ($0.04 per share) in the same period in the prior year. The Company incurred a net loss of $3.9 million ($0.09 per share) for the six months ended November 30, 2013 compared to $2.9 million ($0.07 per share) during the same period in the prior year.
In the three-month period ended November 30, 2013, research and development expenditures decreased by $119,000. The decrease between the comparable three month periods was due to reduced spending on the LOR-253 and IL-17E programs until additional financing was secured, which was partially offset by increased stock based compensation and deferred share unit costs. General and administrative expenses increased $1.2 million in the three months ended November 30, 2013, compared with the prior year period, due to increased stock-based compensation, deferred share unit and salary costs associated with the appointment of new executives and an increase in Lorus' share price during the quarter.
In the six month period ended November 30, 2013, research and development expenditures decreased by $161,000 due to reduced program activity as the Phase I clinical trial completed and future development was placed on hold, partially offset by higher stock based compensation and deferred share unit costs. General and administrative expenses increased by $1.1 million in the six months ended November 30, 2013 compared with the prior year period due primarily to increased stock based compensation, deferred share unit and salary costs associated with the appointment of new executives and an increase in share price during the three month period ended November 30, 2013.
At November 30, 2013, Lorus had cash and cash equivalents of $1.7 million compared to $653,000 at May 31, 2013. Subsequent to the quarter end on November 30, 2013, the Company raised gross proceeds of approximately $7 million through a public offering of its common shares.
For further details and to view the Company's May 31, 2013 Audited Consolidated Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis, please see the Company's filings on www.sedar.com and on www.lorusthera.com.
Lorus is a biopharmaceutical company targeting essential apoptosis pathways to deliver transformational cancer drugs. Lorus' goal is to capitalize on its research, preclinical, clinical and regulatory expertise by developing new drug candidates that can be used alone and in combination with other drugs to successfully treat specific forms of cancer. Lorus Therapeutics Inc. is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol LOR. Additional information on Lorus Therapeutics is available at www.lorusthera.com.
Forward Looking Statements
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Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should the assumptions set out in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in our filings with Canadian securities regulators and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission underlying those forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and we do not intend, and do not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by law. We cannot assure you that such statements will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and accordingly investors are cautioned not to put undue reliance on forward-looking statements due to the inherent uncertainty therein.