Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2022
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Note 2 – Summary of Significant Accounting Policies


Basis of Presentation and Principles of Consolidation


The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Oxis Biotech, Inc. and Georgetown Translational Pharmaceuticals, Inc. All intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated in consolidation.


The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements are unaudited. These unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) and applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) regarding interim financial reporting. Certain information and note disclosures normally included in the financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP have been condensed or omitted pursuant to such rules and regulations. Accordingly, these interim condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto contained in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021 filed with the SEC on March 28, 2022 (the “2021 Annual Report”). The consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2021 included herein was derived from the audited consolidated financial statements as of that date.


In the opinion of management, the accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements contain all adjustments necessary to fairly present the Company’s financial position and results of operations for the interim periods reflected. Except as noted, all adjustments contained herein are of a normal recurring nature. Results of operations for the fiscal periods presented herein are not necessarily indicative of fiscal year-end results.




The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared under the assumption that the Company will continue as a going concern. Such assumption contemplates the realization of assets and satisfaction of liabilities in the normal course of business. For the quarter ended March 31, 2022, the Company recorded a net loss of $5.4 million and used cash in operations of $5.2 million. As of March 31, 2022, the Company had a cash and short-term investments balance of $26.7 million, working capital of $17.7 million and stockholders’ equity of $17.8 million. Management anticipates that the $26.7 million of cash and cash equivalents, and short-term investments are adequate to satisfy the liquidity needs of the Company for at least one year from the date the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements for the quarter ended March 31, 2022 were issued.


Historically, the Company has financed its operations through public and private sales of common stock, issuance of preferred and common stock, issuance of convertible debt instruments, and strategic collaborations.





In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared coronavirus COVID-19 a global pandemic. This contagious disease outbreak, which has continued to spread, has adversely affected workforces, customers, economies, and financial markets globally. It has also disrupted the normal operations of many businesses. This outbreak could adversely affect the Company’s operations.


While the pandemic has impacted the Company’s operations, during the three months ended March 31, 2022, the Company believes the COVID-19 pandemic had limited impact on its operating results. The Company has not observed any impairments of its assets or a significant change in the fair value of its assets due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, it is not possible for the Company to predict the duration or magnitude of the adverse results of the outbreak and its effects on the Company’s business or results of operations, financial condition, or liquidity.


The Company has been following the recommendations of health authorities to minimize exposure risk for its team members, including having team members work remotely. Most vendors have transitioned to electronic submission of invoices and payments.


Accounting Estimates


The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates. Significant estimates include accruals for potential liabilities, assumptions used in deriving the fair value of derivative liabilities, valuation of equity instruments issued for services and realization of deferred tax assets. Actual results could differ from those estimates.


Cash Equivalents and Short-Term Investments


The Company considers highly liquid investments with maturities of three months or less at the date of acquisition as cash equivalents in the accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements. As of March 31, 2022 total cash and cash equivalents, which consist of cash and money market funds, amounted to approximately $7.3 million.


The Company also invested its excess cash in commercial paper and corporate notes and bonds. Management generally determines the appropriate classification of its investments at the time of purchase. We classify these investments as short-term investments, as part of current assets, based upon our ability and intent to use any and all of these investments as necessary to satisfy liquidity requirements that may arise from our businesses. Investments are carried at fair value with the unrealized holding gains and losses reported in the accompanying condensed consolidated statements of operations. As of March 31, 2022 total short-term investments amounted to approximately $19.5 million.


Fair Value of Financial Instruments


Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 820-10 requires entities to disclose the fair value of financial instruments, both assets and liabilities recognized and not recognized on the balance sheet for which it is practicable to estimate fair value. ASC 820-10 defines the fair value of a financial instrument as the amount at which the instrument could be exchanged in a current transaction between willing parties.


The three levels of the fair value hierarchy are as follows:


  Level 1 Valuations based on unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that the entity has the ability to access.
  Level 2 Valuations based on quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities, quoted prices in markets that are not active, or other inputs that are observable or can be corroborated by observable data for substantially the full term of the assets or liabilities.
  Level 3 Valuations based on inputs that are unobservable, supported by little or no market activity and that are significant to the fair value of the assets or liabilities.


The carrying amount of the Company’s derivative liability of $120,000 at March 31, 2022 and $138,000 at December 31, 2021 was based on Level 2 measurements.


The carrying amounts of the Company’s other financial assets and liabilities, such as cash, prepaid expense, accounts payable and accrued expenses approximate their fair values because of the short maturity of these instruments.


Derivative Financial Instruments


The Company evaluates its financial instruments to determine if such instruments are derivatives or contain features that qualify as embedded derivatives. For derivative financial instruments that are accounted for as liabilities, the derivative instrument is initially recorded at its fair value and is then re-valued at each reporting date, with changes in the fair value reported in the consolidated statements of operations. The classification of derivative instruments, including whether such instruments should be recorded as liabilities or as equity, is evaluated at the end of each reporting period. Derivative instrument liabilities are classified in the balance sheet as current or non-current based on whether or not net-cash settlement of the derivative instrument could be required within 12 months of the balance sheet date. The fair value of the embedded derivatives is determined using a Binomial valuation method at inception and on subsequent valuation dates.



Stock-Based Compensation


The Company accounts for share-based awards to employees, nonemployees and consultants in accordance with the provisions of ASC 718, Compensation-Stock Compensation. Stock-based compensation cost is measured at fair value on the grant date and that fair value is recognized as expense over the requisite service, or vesting period.


The Company values its equity awards using the Black-Scholes option pricing model, and accounts for forfeitures when they occur. Use of the Black-Scholes option pricing model requires the input of subjective assumptions including expected volatility, expected term, and a risk-free interest rate. The Company estimates volatility using a its own historical stock price volatility. The expected term of the instrument is estimated by using the simplified method to estimate expected term. The risk-free interest rate is estimated using comparable published federal funds rates.


Research and Development Costs


Costs incurred for research and development are expensed as incurred. The salaries, benefits, and overhead costs of personnel conducting research and development of the Company’s products are included in research and development expenses. Purchased materials that do not have an alternative future use are also expensed.




The Company accounts for its leases in accordance with Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842) (“ASC 842”). ASC 842 requires lessees to (i) recognize a right of use asset (“ROU asset”) and a lease liability that is measured at the present value of the remaining lease payments, on the consolidated balance sheets, (ii) recognize a single lease cost, calculated over the lease term on a straight-line basis and (iii) classify lease related cash payments within operating and financing activities. The Company has made an accounting policy election to not recognize short-term leases on the consolidated balance sheets and all non-lease components, such as common area maintenance, were excluded. At any given time during the lease term, the lease liability represents the present value of the remaining lease payments, and the ROU asset is measured as the amount of the lease liability, adjusted for pre-paid rent, unamortized initial direct costs, and the remaining balance of lease incentives received. Both the lease ROU asset and liability are reduced to zero at the end of the lease term.


The Company leases office space and equipment. At the lease inception date, the Company determines if an arrangement is, or contains a lease. Some of the Company’s leases include options to renew at similar terms. The Company assesses these options to determine if the Company is reasonably certain of exercising these options based on relevant economic and financial factors. Options that meet these criteria are included in the lease term at the lease commencement date


During the period ended March 31, 2022, the Company executed lease agreements for its office space and equipment and as a result, recorded operating lease right-of-use assets and the related lease liabilities of $260,000 pursuant to ASC 842, Leases (see Note 8).


Net Earnings (Loss) Per Share


Basic earnings (loss) per share is computed using the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding during the period. Common stock issuable is included in our calculation as of the date of the underlying agreement. Diluted earnings (loss) per share is computed using the weighted-average number of common shares and the dilutive effect of contingent shares outstanding during the period. Potentially dilutive contingent shares, which primarily consist of convertible notes, stock issuable for the exercise of stock options and warrants have been excluded from the diluted loss per share calculation because their effect is anti-dilutive.


These following common stock equivalents were excluded in the computation of the net loss per share because their effect is anti-dilutive:



March 31




March 31


Options to purchase common stock     302,500       -  
Warrants to purchase common stock     2,337,274       5,319  
Unvested restricted common stock    




Total anti-dilutive securities     3,321,044       1,601,978  




Cash is deposited in one financial institution. The balances held at this financial institution at times may be in excess of Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) insurance limits of up to $250,000.


The Company has a significant concentration of expenses incurred and accounts payable from a single vendor. Please see Note 4 for further information.




The Company determined its reporting units in accordance with ASC 280, “Segment Reporting” (“ASC 280”). Management evaluates a reporting unit by first identifying its’ operating segments under ASC 280. The Company then evaluates each operating segment to determine if it includes one or more components that constitute a business. If there are components within an operating segment that meet the definition of a business, the Company evaluates those components to determine if they must be aggregated into one or more reporting units. If applicable, when determining if it is appropriate to aggregate different operating segments, the Company determines if the segments are economically similar and, if so, the operating segments are aggregated.



Management has determined that the Company has one operating segment. The Company’s reporting segment reflects the manner in which its chief operating decision maker reviews results and allocates resources. The Company’s reporting segment meets the definition of an operating segment and does not include the aggregation of multiple operating segments.


Recent Accounting Pronouncements


In May 2021, the FASB issued ASU 2021-04, Earnings Per Share (Topic 260), Debt-Modifications and Extinguishments (Subtopic 470-50), Compensation-Stock Compensation (Topic 718), and Derivatives and Hedging-Contracts in Entity’s Own Equity (Subtopic 815-40): Issuer’s Accounting for Certain Modifications or Exchanges of Freestanding Equity-Classified Written Call Options. ASU 2021-04 provides clarification and reduces diversity in an issuer’s accounting for modifications or exchanges of freestanding equity-classified written call options (such as warrants) that remain equity classified after modification or exchange. An issuer measures the effect of a modification or exchange as the difference between the fair value of the modified or exchanged warrant and the fair value of that warrant immediately before modification or exchange. ASU 2021-04 introduces a recognition model that comprises four categories of transactions and the corresponding accounting treatment for each category (equity issuance, debt origination, debt modification, and modifications unrelated to equity issuance and debt origination or modification). ASU 2021-04 is effective for all entities for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2021, including interim periods within those fiscal years. An entity should apply the guidance provided in ASU 2021-04 prospectively to modifications or exchanges occurring on or after the effective date. Early adoption is permitted for all entities, including adoption in an interim period. Effective January 1, 2022, we adopted ASU 2021-04 using a prospective approach. It did not have a material impact on the Company’s financial statements or disclosures.


Other recent accounting pronouncements issued by the FASB, including its Emerging Issues Task Force, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) did not or are not believed by management to have a material impact on the Company’s present or future consolidated financial statements.