Corporate: Factor Therapeutics still looking for its next opportunity
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Nearly 11 months on from its failed clinical trial and subsequent 97 per cent share price crash; Factor Therapeutics (ASX: FTT) has $3.1 million cash and a pipeline of opportunities but is yet to decide on one.
Factor chairman Cherrell Hirst wrote to shareholders this morning confirming the company was not dead. It was looking for a life sciences opportunity in the clinical stage but had not found the right business.
“We continue to consider a large number of opportunities, including those who have been brought to our attention from outside sources, with that goal in mind,” she said.
“We have progressed a small number of opportunities through deep due diligence but have declined to proceed to a transaction,” Hirst added, citing “matters such as agreed relative valuations and/or limitations with the technology itself”.
She recognised shareholder frustration but argued due diligence was vital. “We therefore continue to work for an outcome which we believe will meet shareholder approval and provide opportunity to restore value to the company”.
The company also provided its quarterly, four weeks before the due date revealing it had spent $225,000 in operating activities but had $3.1 million in cash, much of which was a $2.5 million R&D grant received from the government. It also undertook a $417,000 capital raising in February.
Factor shares have remained in the cellar since that horrific Wednesday last November. But they climbed 33 per cent from 0.3 cents to 0.4 cents this morning.
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