Cash and Cash Equivalents and Liquidity
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Oct. 31, 2017
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Note 3—Cash and Cash Equivalents and Liquidity
The Company considers all liquid investments with maturities of three months or less when purchased to be cash equivalents. As of October 31, 2017 and July 31, 2017, cash and cash equivalents were primarily comprised of cash in savings and checking accounts.
As of October 31, 2017, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $14.7 million. Additionally, subsequent to October 31, 2017, the Company received additional net proceeds of approximately $9.1 million from the exercise of certain warrants (see Note 11). As of November 30, 2017, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $21.4 million. The Company currently estimates its operating expenses and working capital requirements for the current fiscal year ending July 31, 2018 to be approximately $21.0 million, although the Company may modify or deviate from this estimate and it is likely that actual operating expenses and working capital requirements will vary from this estimate. Based on these expectations regarding future expenses, as well as the current cash levels and rate of cash consumption, the Company believes that current cash resources are sufficient to meet the Company’s anticipated needs for the 12 months following the issuance of this report. The Company will continue to assess its cash resources and anticipated needs on a quarterly basis.
The Company has sustained losses in all reporting periods since inception, with an inception-to date-loss of $100.8 million as of October 31, 2017. Further, the Company has never generated any cash from its operations, does not expect to generate such cash in the near term, and does not presently have any firm commitments for future capital. Consequently, the Company will need significant additional capital to continue operating its business and fund its planned operations, including research and development, clinical trials and, if regulatory approval is obtained, commercialization of its product candidates. In addition, the Company will require additional financing if it desires to in-license or acquire new assets, research and develop new compounds or new technologies and pursue related patent protection, or obtain any other intellectual property rights or other assets.
Historically, the Company has raised the majority of the funding for its business through offerings of its common stock and warrants to purchase its common stock. Although the Company is exploring other ways of funding its operations that involve less dilution to its existing stockholders’, including, among others, technology licensing or other collaboration arrangements, debt financings or grants, the Company has not successfully established or raised any funds through any of these types of arrangements, and it may need to continue to seek funding for its operations through additional dilutive public or private equity financings. If the Company issues equity or convertible debt securities to raise additional funds, its existing stockholders would experience further dilution, and the new equity or debt securities may have rights, preferences and privileges senior to those of its existing stockholders. If the Company incurs debt, its fixed payment obligations, liabilities and leverage relative to our equity capitalization would increase, which could increase the cost of future capital. Further, the terms of any debt securities the Company issues or borrowings it incurs, if available, could impose significant restrictions on its operations, such as limitations on its ability to incur additional debt or issue additional equity or other operating restrictions that could adversely affect its ability to conduct its business, and any such debt could be secured by any or all of the Company’s assets pledged as collateral. Additionally, the Company may incur substantial costs in pursuing future capital, including investment banking, legal and accounting fees, printing and distribution expenses and other costs.
Moreover, equity or debt financings or any other source of capital may not be available when needed or at all, or, if available, may not be available on commercially reasonable terms. Weak economic and capital market conditions generally or uncertain conditions in the Company’s industry could increase the challenges it faces in raising capital for its operations. In recent periods, the capital and financial markets for early and development-stage biotechnology and life science company stocks have been volatile and uncertain. If the Company cannot raise the funds that it needs, it could be forced to delay or scale down some or all of its development activities or cease all operations, and its stockholders could lose all of their investment in the Company.