AC Immune Reports Q2 2019 Financial Results, Business and Clinical Update

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Aug. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AC Immune SA (NASDAQ: ACIU), a Swiss-based, biopharmaceutical company with a broad clinical-stage pipeline focused on neurodegenerative diseases, today announced its business and clinical plan and strategy, reported consolidated financial results for the second quarter of 2019 and its revised cash guidance. 

Prof. Andrea Pfeifer, Ph.D., CEO of AC Immune, commented: “Our business strategy is based on a three-pillar approach in the development of treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, NeuroOrphan therapeutics and diagnostics. Our is based on treating earlier, targeting Tau, incorporating homogeneous populations, applying precision medicine and targeting neuroinflammation.”

There is a growing body of clinical evidence that Tau drives disease progression. AC Immune has one of the broadest anti-Tau pipelines with antibodies, small molecules, vaccines and diagnostics, covering five clinical trials and partnerships with four major pharmaceutical companies.

“SupraAntigen and Morphomer, our proprietary discovery platforms are the foundation for multiple product candidates," added Dr. Pfeifer.  “The productivity of these platforms has recently demonstrated significant clinical, value-creating milestones.”

As a strategic leader in the field of neurodegenerative diseases, AC Immune has developed a five point that recognizes the importance of treating earlier, targeting Tau, focusing on more homogeneous populations, precision medicine and exploring neuroinflammation as a target.


(a)  Reflects non-cash expenses associated with share-based compensation for equity awards issued to Directors, Management and employees of the Company. This expense reflects the awards’ fair value recognized for the portion of the equity award which is vesting over the period.

(b)  Reflects foreign currency remeasurement gains and losses for the period, predominantly impacted by the change in the exchange rate between the US Dollar and the Swiss Franc.

(c)  Effective interest expense for the period relates to the accretion of the Company’s convertible loan in accordance with the effective interest method.

(d)  Change in fair value of conversion feature that is bifurcated from the convertible loan host debt with Lilly.

For the three and six months ended June 30, 2019, adjustments decreased net loss and net income by CHF 1.4 million and CHF 1.5 million compared with decreases to the net losses by CHF 0.3 million and CHF 1.1 million for the comparable periods in 2018, respectively. The Company recorded CHF 0.6 million and CHF 1.1 million for the three and six months, respectively, for share-based compensation expenses. There were foreign currency remeasurement losses of CHF 0.5 million and 0.6 million, respectively, predominantly related to foreign currency fluctuations. The Company recorded CHF 0.4 million and CHF 1.4 million for amortization of effective interest for the three and six months ended June 30, 2019, respectively. Finally, the Company recognized less than a CHF 0.1 million and a CHF 4.5 million gain for the change in fair value of the liability related to the conversion feature.

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Globe Newswire: 12:00 GMT Wednesday 14th August 2019

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