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Evaxion Biotech Announces Q4 and Full-Year 2020 Financial Results and Provides Business Update

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  • Successfully completed initial public offering on U.S. Nasdaq in February 2021, raising gross proceeds of $30 million

  • Clinical development on track with dosing of first patient in Phase 1/2a melanoma trial of cancer vaccine EVX-02

  • Cash reserves of $5.8 million at December 31, 2020 plus funds from IPO provide funding for at least 12 months from the date of completion of the IPO

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, April 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Evaxion Biotech A/S (Nasdaq: EVAX), a clinical-stage biotechnology company specializing in the development of AI-driven immunotherapies to improve the lives of patients with cancer and infectious diseases, announced today the fourth quarter and full year 2020 financial results and provided an operational update.

Lars Wegner, CEO of Evaxion, said: “Evaxion made outstanding progress in 2020 in redefining the immunotherapy discovery process through our AI platform technologies, despite the complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are very pleased with the successful initial public offering on U.S. Nasdaq, concluded in February 2021, which raised gross proceeds of $30 million and positions Evaxion for further progress with our patient-specific cancer immunotherapies.”

“In 2020, we initiated a Phase 1/2a clinical trial of the adjuvant immunotherapy EVX-02, in combination with checkpoint inhibitors in patients with advanced melanoma. Both this study and our Phase 1/2a trial with EVX-01 remain on track and our other product candidates – EVX-03 for multiple cancer indications and EVX-B1, a vaccine for prevention of S. aureus – are progressing well through preclinical development.”

“Financially, Evaxion is in a strong position with cash and cash equivalents of $5.8 million at December 31, 2020, to which we have now added the proceeds from our IPO. This provides funding to advance our four product candidates into 2022, covering a number of key expected milestones. These include Phase 1/2a data on EVX-01 and EVX-02 expected in late Q2 2021 and filing for approval of a clinical trial of EVX-03 in multiple cancers in the second half of the year.”

Operational and Business Highlights in 2020

Events after the Reporting Period

  • Closed U.S. initial public offering of 3,000,000 American Depositary Shares at a public offering price of $10.00 per ADS. The gross proceeds from the offering, before deducting underwriting fees and commissions and other offering expenses, were $30 million.

  • The shares began trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market on February 5, 2021 under the ticker symbol “EVAX”.

  • Opened new corporate headquarters and research laboratory facility located in the DTU Science Park in Hoersholm near Copenhagen, Denmark.

Expected milestones in 2021

  • Phase 1/2a data on EVX-01 in metastatic melanoma - Q2 2021

  • Phase 1/2a data on EVX-02 in adjuvant melanoma - Q2 2021

  • Regulatory filing for clinical trial of EVX-03 in multiple cancers - H2 2021

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results

  • Cash position: As of December 31, 2020, cash and cash equivalents were $5.8 million compared to $9.6 million as of December 31, 2019. On February 9, 2021, we closed our recent IPO raising net proceeds of $27.9 million after underwriting discounts and commissions.

  • Research and Development expenses were $10.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, compared to $8.2 million for the same period in 2019. The increase of $2.7 million was primarily related to increased spending, net of grant income, for ongoing development on our platform, pre-clinical product candidates, and clinical trials. In addition, employee-related costs increased due to higher headcount.

  • General and Administrative expenses were $5.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, compared to $2.6 million for the same period in 2019. The increase of $3.1 million was primarily related to increased employee-related costs due to increased headcount and increases in overhead and professional fees related to the expansion of our corporate function for our initial public offering.

  • Net loss was $15.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2020 or ($0.97) loss per basic and diluted share, compared to $11.2 million, or ($0.81) loss per basic and diluted share, for the same period in 2019.

Guidance

  • Evaxion’s operating plan extends its cash runway into 2022.

Webcast and Conference Call

Evaxion will host a webcast and conference call today, April 6, 2021, at 8.30 a.m. EDT.

To access dial-in details for the conference call, please use the following link:
https://www.incommglobalevents.com/registration/client/7148/evaxion-biotech-q4-and-full-year-2020-earnings-call/

Alternatively to access the webcast, please use the following link:
https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/3083146/DF0AB39A39342E036D397705A664556F

About Evaxion

Evaxion Biotech A/S is an AI-immunology™ platform company decoding the human immune system to discover and develop novel immunotherapies to treat cancer and infectious diseases. Evaxion has developed its AI-immunology core technology to deeply understand the biological processes relevant for engaging the immune system so the Company can harness its powers through novel immunotherapies. Evaxion’s scalable AI-immunology core technology enables broad applicability across diseases with immunological components. With deep insights into the biological processes of the immune system, Evaxion bridges technology, engineering expertise and drug development know-how to bring novel immunotherapies to patients.

For more information

Evaxion Biotech A/S

LifeSci Advisors LLC

Glenn S. Vraniak

Mary-Ann Chang

Chief Financial Officer

Managing Director

gvr@evaxion-biotech.com

mchang@lifesciadvisors.com

+1 (513) 476-2669

+44 7483 284 853


Source: Evaxion Biotech

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Forward-looking statements are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties beyond the Company’s control that could cause the Company’s actual results, performance, or achievements to be materially different from the expected results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. For a further description of the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from those expressed in these forward-looking statements, as well as risks relating to the Company’s business in general, see the risks described in the “Risk Factors” section included in the Company’s prospectus filed on February 5, 2021 and the Company’s current and future reports filed with, or submitted to, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement speak only as of the date hereof, and except as required by law, the Company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements publicly, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.


Evaxion Biotech A/S

Consolidated Statements of Financial Position Data (Unaudited)

(USD in thousands)

December 31,

2020

2019

Cash and cash equivalents

$

5,834

$

9,559

Total assets

11,965

11,084

Total liabilities

4,927

1,722

Share capital

2,648

2,481

Other reserves

31,669

22,693

Accumulated deficit

(27,279)

(15,812)

Total equity

7,038

9,362

Total liabilities and equity

$

11,965

$

11,084


Evaxion Biotech A/S

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss Data (Unaudited)

(USD in thousands, except per share data)

Year Ended December 31,

2020

2019

Research and development expenses

$

10,902

$

8,216

General and administrative expenses

5,666

2,647

Operating loss

(16,568)

(10,863)

Finance income

216

65

Finance expenses

(223)

(1,222)

Net loss before tax

(16,575)

(12,020)

Income taxes

1,557

825

Net loss for the period

$

(15,018)

$

(11,195)

Net loss attributable to equity holders of Evaxion Biotech A/S

$

(15,018)

$

(11,195)

Loss per share – basic and diluted

$

(0.97)

$

(0.81)

Number of shares used for calculation (basic and diluted)

15,434,758

13,892,314