Press Release

VBL Therapeutics Announces Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results and Corporate Process to Explore Strategic Options

August 15, 2022 at 4:05 PM EDT

Exploring strategic options to maximize shareholder value; engaged Chardan as financial advisor

TEL AVIV, Israel and NEW YORK, Aug. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VBL Therapeutics (Nasdaq: VBLT), a biotechnology company developing targeted medicines for immune-inflammatory diseases, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2022 and provided a corporate update.

“Following our announcement in July that the Phase 3 OVAL trial evaluating ofra-vec did not meet its primary endpoints, we began an internal strategic review of our development programs with the goal of maximizing shareholder value,” said Dror Harats, M.D., Chief Executive Officer of VBL. “We have taken steps to preserve capital, including the workforce reduction announced earlier in August and ceasing development of ofra-vec in all indications. We see opportunities to create value from our assets including from our Monocyte Targeting Technology (MTT), which offers a novel and differentiated approach to targeting inflammation and our gene therapy manufacturing facility. Our VB-601 program, the first candidate from the MTT program, remains on track and we plan to enter the clinic with this program in the fourth quarter of 2022.”

In August 2022, VBL retained Chardan to act as its financial advisor to explore and evaluate strategic options for maximizing shareholder value. Strategic alternatives that may be explored or evaluated as part of this process include the potential for an acquisition, merger, business combination or other strategic transaction or transactions involving VBL. VBL’s board of directors has not set a timetable for the conclusion of this review, nor has it made any decisions related to any further actions or potential strategic options at this time. There can be no assurance, however, that this process will result in any such transaction.

Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2022

  • At June 30, 2022, VBL had cash, cash equivalents, short-term bank deposits and restricted bank deposits of $34.5 million. VBL expects that its cash, cash equivalents, short-term bank deposits, and restricted bank deposits will be sufficient to fund currently planned operating expenses and capital expenditures for at least the next 12 months. VBL’s review of its strategic options and any transaction resulting from such review may impact this projection. 
  • For the quarter ended June 30, 2022, VBL reported a net loss of $9.4 million, or ($0.12) per basic share, compared to a net loss of $8.0 million, or ($0.12) per basic share, in the comparable period in 2021. 
  • For the quarter ended June 30, 2022, total operating expenses were approximately $9.6 million, consisting of $6.7 million in research and development expenses, net, and $2.9 million in general and administrative expenses. This compares with total operating expenses of $8.0 million in the second quarter ended June 30, 2021, which was comprised of $6.6 million in research and development expenses, net, and $1.5 million in general and administrative expenses. 
  • Subsequent to the end of the second quarter, VBL announced that the OVAL phase 3 study did not meet either primary endpoint. VBL evaluated these subsequent events and determined that no adjustments to the June 30, 2022 financial statements were required as they were not known or expected as of that date. As the results are considered a triggering event, VBL will perform an impairment test on all of its long-lived assets in the third quarter of 2022 that may result in an impairment charge on such assets and potential new liabilities arising from the triggering event.

About VBL Therapeutics

VBL Therapeutics (Nasdaq: VBLT) is developing targeted therapies for immune-inflammatory diseases. VBL’s lead immunology product candidate VB-601 is a targeted antibody for immune-inflammatory applications expected to enter Phase 1 this year that has shown disease-modifying activity across multiple preclinical models including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. At present, VBL is evaluating options for development of its assets and to maximize shareholder value, which may include partnering and other strategic options. To learn more about VBL, please visit or follow VBL on LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube or Facebook.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements, which are often indicated by terms such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “goal,” “intend,” “look forward to,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “would” and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements may include, but are not limited to, statements regarding VBL’s evaluation of strategic alternatives and transactions to maximize shareholder value, VBL’s ability to preserve capital and sufficiency of cash on hand, as well as timing of the initiation of a first-in-human trial for VB-601, and the impairment testing to be conducted in the third quarter, among others. These forward-looking statements are not promises or guarantees and involve substantial risks and uncertainties. Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described or projected herein include uncertainties associated generally with the development of pharmaceutical product candidates, and include risks associated with research and development, clinical trials and related regulatory reviews and approvals, the risk that historical clinical trial results may not be predictive of future trial results, that VBL’s financial resources do not last for as long as anticipated, that VBL may not realize the expected benefits of its intellectual property protection, that VBL may not identify any strategic alternatives or if so identified, be able to consummate any such transaction on terms acceptable to VBL and its shareholders, and adequacy of any impairments, among others. A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties and other risks can be found in VBL’s regulatory filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including in its annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2021, and subsequent filings with the SEC. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. VBL undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise.


Daniel Ferry
LifeSci Advisors
+1(617) 430-7576


  June 30, 2022  December 31, 2021 
  U.S. dollars in thousands 
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents $15,060  $21,986 
Short-term bank deposits  19,087   31,164 
Other current assets  1,541   1,697 
Total current assets  35,688   54,847 
Non-current assets:        
Restricted bank deposits  360   362 
Long-term prepaid expenses  147   182 
Funds in respect of employee rights upon retirement  369   415 
Property, plant and equipment, net  6,978   6,847 
Operating lease right-of-use assets  1,777   2,008 
Total non-current assets  9,631   9,814 
Total assets $45,319  $64,661 
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable and accruals:        
Trade $3,336  $4,331 
Other  4,525   4,408 
Deferred revenue  482   658 
Current maturity of operating leases liability  466   529 
Total current liabilities $8,809  $9,926 
Non-current liabilities:        
Liability for employee rights upon retirement  527   546 
Operating lease liability  1,389   1,823 
Other non-current liability  220   188 
Total non-current liabilities  2,136   2,557 
Total liabilities $10,945  $12,483 
Ordinary shares subject to possible redemption, as of June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, zero and 615,366 shares, respectively, at redemption value (see note 4)  -   1,598 
Shareholders’ equity:        
Ordinary shares, NIS 0.01 par value; Authorized as of June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, 150,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021 69,348,939 and 68,711,584 shares, respectively (excluding -zero- and 615,366 shares subject to possible redemption, as of June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively)  173   171 
Additional paid in capital  316,136   309,355 
Warrants  -   3,127 
Accumulated deficit  (281,935)   (262,073) 
Total equity  34,374   50,580 
Total liabilities and equity $45,319  $64,661 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the condensed consolidated financial statements.



  Three Months Ended  Six Months Ended 
  June 30,  June 30, 
  2022  2021  2022  2021 
  U.S. dollars in thousands
Revenues $64  $188  $177  $373 
Cost of revenues  (34)   (89)   (89)   (179) 
Gross profit  30   99   88   194 
Research and development expenses, net $6,721  $6,642  $14,181  $11,411 
General and administrative expenses  2,923   1,481   6,085   3,154 
Operating loss  9,614   8,024   20,178   14,371 
Financial income  (205)   (3)   (351)   (87) 
Financial expenses  25   7   35   27 
Financial income, net  (180)   4   (316)   (60) 
Net loss and comprehensive loss $9,434  $8,028  $19,862  $14,311 
  U.S. dollars 
Loss per share (see note 3)                
Basic and diluted $0.12  $0.12  $0.26  $0.24 
   Number of shares 
Weighted average shares outstanding                
Basic and diluted  77,398,939   68,092,953   77,392,922   60,075,863 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the condensed consolidated financial statements.