Biocept, Inc. (NasdaqCM: BIOC) today announced that it has commenced a process to explore and evaluate strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value. Biocept has engaged EF Hutton, division of Benchmark Investments, Inc., as its financial advisor to assist in this process.
Potential strategic alternatives that may be explored or evaluated as part of this process include an acquisition, merger, reverse merger, other business combination, sales of assets, licensing or other strategic transactions involving the company. There can be no assurance of a successful outcome from these efforts, or of the form or timing of any such outcome. The company does not intend to make any further disclosures regarding the strategic review process unless and until a specific course of action is approved by the company’s Board of Directors or until the company otherwise determines that further disclosure is appropriate.
In connection with the evaluation of strategic alternatives and in order to extend and maximize its resources, Biocept is implementing a restructuring plan that includes reducing staff by approximately 35%. The company is projecting a year-end 2022 cash balance of approximately $13 million.
“We remain excited by the potential of CNSide™ as a first-in-class cerebrospinal fluid assay for patients with central nervous system metastasis,” said Samuel Riccitelli, Chairman, Interim President and CEO. “However, we must preserve our remaining resources to extend our cash runway to better explore strategic alternatives that can benefit shareholders. We plan to continue to explore a variety of opportunities to advance this assay.”
The preliminary financial results set forth above are (i) unaudited, (ii) based on management’s initial review of the company’s results as of the year ended December 31, 2022, and (iii) subject to revision based upon the company’s year-end closing procedures and the completion and external audit of the company’s year-end financial statements. Actual results may differ materially from these preliminary unaudited results as a result of the completion of year-end closing procedures, final adjustments and other developments arising between now and the time at which the company’s financial results are finalized, and such changes could be material. In addition, these preliminary unaudited results are not a comprehensive statement of the company’s financial results as of or for the year ended December 31, 2022, should not be viewed as a substitute for full, audited financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and are not necessarily indicative of the company’s results for any future period.
Biocept, Inc. develops and commercializes molecular diagnostic assays that provide physicians with clinically actionable information for treating and monitoring patients diagnosed with a variety of cancers. For more information, visit www.biocept.com. Follow Biocept on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.
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