Washington, D.C. 20549





Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


May 9, 2019

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)



Sophiris Bio Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)



British Columbia





(State or other jurisdiction


(Commission File Number)


(IRS Employer Identification No.)

of incorporation)


1258 Prospect Street

La Jolla, CA



(Address of principal executive offices)


(Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (858) 777-1760


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Common Shares, no par value


The Nasdaq Capital Market





Item 2.02

Results of Operations and Financial Condition.


On May 9, 2019, Sophiris Bio Inc. issued a press release announcing its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2019. A copy of this press release is furnished herewith as Exhibit 99.1. Pursuant to the rule and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission, such exhibit and the information set forth therein and in this Item 2.02 have been furnished and shall not be deemed "filed" for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), or otherwise subject to liability under that section nor shall they be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing regardless of any general incorporation language.   


Item 9.01

Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits


99.1 Press release dated May 9, 2019.







Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.



Sophiris Bio Inc.



Dated: May 9, 2019




/s/ Peter Slover




Peter Slover



Chief Financial Officer




Exhibit 99.1



Sophiris Bio Reports First Quarter 2019 Financial Results


SAN DIEGO and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 9, 2019 – Sophiris Bio Inc. (NASDAQ: SPHS) (the “Company,” “We” or “Sophiris”), a biopharmaceutical company developing topsalysin (PRX302), a first-in-class, pore-forming protein, in late-stage clinical trials for the treatment of patients with urological diseases, today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2019.


“We continue to have dialog with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) regarding the design for a potential Phase 3 clinical trial, which we developed with input from our scientific advisory board for the treatment of localized prostate cancer,” said Randall E. Woods, president and CEO of Sophiris. “We anticipate obtaining formal scientific advice from the EMA before the end of the second quarter and look forward to taking the next step in the clinical development of topsalysin for the focal treatment of localized prostate cancer before the end of the year. We have cash runway to continue operations into September and believe that the ideal funding option for a potential registration Phase 3 clinical trial will either be a potential development partnership or other strategic transaction.”


Financial Results:


At March 31, 2019, the Company had cash, cash equivalents and securities available-for-sale of $9.0 million and working capital of $4.7 million. The Company expects that its cash and cash equivalents and securities available-for-sale will be sufficient to fund its operations through September 2019, assuming no new clinical trials are initiated and the Company continues operating as a going concern. The Company will require significant funding to advance topsalysin in clinical development. As of March 31, 2019, the outstanding principal balance of the Company’s term loan was $7.0 million. The Company began making principal payments on its term loan in April 2019.


The Company reported a net loss of $2.4 million or ($0.08) per share for the three months ended March 31, 2019, compared to net loss of $3.3 million or ($0.11) per share for the three months ended March 31, 2018.


Research and development expenses


Research and development expenses were $1.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, compared to $3.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018. The decrease in research and development costs is primarily attributable to decreases in the costs associated with manufacturing activities for topsalysin, and to a lesser extent, a decrease in clinical costs associated with our Phase 2b clinical trial of topsalysin for localized prostate cancer. Included in the research and development costs for the three months ended March 31, 2019, were costs associated with the completion of a fill finish campaign at commercial scale which produced drug product for future clinical trials. Analysis for release of this recently filled drug product is underway.


General and administrative expenses


General and administrative expenses were $1.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, compared to $1.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018.






Gain on revaluation of the warrant liability


Gain on revaluation of the warrant liability was $0.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, compared to $1.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018. As the Company’s warrants may require the Company to pay the warrant holder cash under certain provisions of the warrant, the Company accounts for the warrants as a liability, and the Company is required to calculate the fair value of these warrants each reporting date. Certain inputs utilized in the Company’s Black-Scholes fair value calculation may fluctuate in future periods based upon factors which are outside of the Company’s control. A significant change in one or more of these inputs used in the calculation of the fair value may cause a significant change to the fair value of the Company’s warrant liability, which could also result in a material non-cash gain or loss being reported in the Company’s consolidated statement of operations and comprehensive loss.


About Sophiris


Sophiris Bio Inc. is a late-stage clinical biopharmaceutical company developing topsalysin (PRX302) for the treatment of patients with urological diseases. Topsalysin has completed two Phase 2 clinical trials for the focal treatment of localized prostate cancer and is in Phase 3 clinical development for the treatment of the lower urinary tract symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Topsalysin is a highly potent ablative agent that is selective and targeted in that it is only activated by enzymatically active PSA which is found in high concentrations in the transition zone of the prostate and in and around prostate tumor cells. For more information, please visit www.sophirisbio.com.


Certain statements included in this press release may be considered forward-looking, including the quotes of Sophiris' President and CEO and expectations about further development of topsalysin (PRX302), plans relating to the design and execution of a Phase 3 clinical trial in localized prostate cancer, Sophiris' liquidity or capital requirements and the ability to obtain additional financing or execute other strategic alternatives. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those implied by such statements, and therefore these statements should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results. Some of the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ include without limitation, risks associated with clinical development, including the uncertainty of the design for any additional clinical trial of topsalysin in localized prostate cancer, risks that the Company will be able to fund future clinical trials or enter into a strategic transaction, risks about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern and other risks and uncertainties identified by Sophiris in its public securities filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements are based on Sophiris' current beliefs as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to Sophiris and relate to, among other things, anticipated financial performance, business prospects, strategies, regulatory developments, clinical trial results, market acceptance, ability to raise capital and future commitments. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Due to risks and uncertainties, including the risks and uncertainties identified by Sophiris in its public securities filings; actual events may differ materially from current expectations. Sophiris disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


Company Contact: Corporate Communications & Media Contact:
Peter Slover Jason Spark
Chief Financial Officer Canale Communications
(858) 777-1760 619-849-6005






Sophiris Bio Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except share amounts)




March 31,


December 31,








Current assets:


Cash and cash equivalents

  $ 7,678     $ 10,998  

Securities available-for-sale

    1,342       1,541  

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

    424       656  

Total current assets

    9,444       13,195  

Property and equipment, net

    3       4  

Operating lease right-of-use asset

    146       -  

Other long-term assets

    19       -  

Total assets

  $ 9,612     $ 13,199  

Liabilities and shareholders’ (deficit) equity:


Current liabilities:


Accounts payable

  $ 802     $ 1,862  

Accrued expenses

    1,160       1,192  

Current portion of promissory note

    2,633       1,920  

Current portion of operating lease liability

    124       -  

Total current liabilities

    4,719       4,974  

Long-term promissory note

    4,427       5,091  

Warrant liability

    846       1,399  

Operating lease liability

    22       -  

Total liabilities

    10,014       11,464  

Shareholders’ (deficit) equity:


Common shares, unlimited authorized shares, no par value; 30,217,140 and 30,205,915 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively

    131,247       131,247  

Contributed surplus

    26,939       26,714  

Accumulated other comprehensive gain

    98       100  

Accumulated deficit

    (158,686 )     (156,326 )

Total shareholders’ (deficit) equity

    (402 )     1,735  

Total liabilities and shareholders’ (deficit) equity

  $ 9,612     $ 13,199  






Sophiris Bio Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss

(In thousands, except per share amounts)






Three Months Ended March 31,






Operating expenses:


Research and development

  $ 1,555     $ 3,330  

General and administrative

    1,252       1,243  

Total operating expenses

    2,807       4,573  

Other income (expense):


Interest expense

    (167 )     (169 )

Interest income

    61       87  

Gain on revaluation of warrant liability

    553       1,356  

Other expense, net

    -       (30 )

Total other income

    447       1,244  

Net loss

  $ (2,360 )   $ (3,329 )

Basic and diluted loss per share

  $ (0.08 )   $ (0.11 )

Weighted average number of outstanding shares – basic and diluted

    30,215       30,111