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Abingdon Health PLC

15 August 2022

Abingdon Health plc

("Abingdon" or "the Company")

Trading and commercial update

& Directorate change

York, U.K. 15 August 2022: Abingdon Health plc (AIM: ABDX), a leading international developer and manufacturer of high quality and effective rapid tests, provides the following trading and commercial update for the year ended 30 June 2022 ("FY22").

FY22 Year End Trading update

The trading performance in FY22 was disappointing. FY22 revenues are expected to be in the region of GBP2.8m (FY21: GBP11.6m (GBP3.6m excluding DHSC revenue and a one off COVID customer order)) and a substantial loss for the year will be incurred. A significant proportion of these losses relate to the increase in operational infrastructure related to AbC-19(TM) and the DHSC contract and the subsequent unwinding of this investment. As part of this, the Company further restructured its operations early in Q4 FY22 with a reduction in headcount from 123 employees at the end of December 2021 to 86 employees at the end of July which, along with other cost saving measures implemented, has significantly reduced the ongoing monthly operational cash outflow.

The Company's cash balance at the end of July was GBP7.6m, following the settlement of the outstanding monies owed by the DHSC, including the GBP1.5m that is held in a blocked account awaiting the outcome of the Judicial Review. The Directors are of the opinion that the current cash balance gives the Company sufficient working capital beyond the end of the current fiscal year ending 30 June 2023 ("FY23") without material revenue growth.

Abingdon transitioned its focus back to its contract service business model in FY22 and as and when the Company begins generating meaningful commercial traction, it will look to grow its headcount sustainably and in line with the anticipated growth of the business and revenues.

Technical transfer contracts

In the second half of FY22, the Company signed six new technical transfer contracts. These commercial opportunities span a range of markets and are underpinned by Abingdon's lateral flow expertise as well as the flexibility of its commercial proposition. Abingdon is actively working on the transfer of three of these projects, in the areas of fertility and food testing, with a number of the remaining transfers anticipated to commence later in the year, subject to various conditions being met.

On 17 May 2022, the Company announced that it had signed a significant contract with a European customer with minimum revenues of GBP2.7m in the first year. Due to issues unrelated to Abingdon, the technical transfer process, which was originally expected to take two months, is yet to complete. The Company is continuing its dialogue with the customer, however, regrettably there is now a high degree of uncertainty around the timing or materialisation of any revenues under this contract.

Following the announcement on 5 April 2022, the Company continues to work closely with Vatic as they progress their US FDA Emergency Use Approval ("EUA") and awaits the key reagent from Vatic to begin the manufacturing of the devices. It is anticipated that there is the potential for significant manufacturing volume subject to Vatic attaining FDA EUA approval; although the timing or materialisation of revenues in relation to this contract are uncertain.

Abingdon Simply Test

In June 2022, Abingdon announced a supply agreement with Taiwanese group Arise Biotech ("Arise") for the supply of 10 million Abingdon Health Simply Test COVID-19 antigen tests, with an option for Arise to acquire an additional 20 million tests. The purchase order is subject to the Abingdon Simply Test receiving Taiwan EUA. Abingdon continues to work closely with Arise on the regulatory process with the Taiwanese FDA.

The Company launched its Abingdon Simply Test range on its new e-commerce site on 21 July 2022, with 11 self-test products available across a range of indications. It is intended that Abingdon will both develop its own products and work with a range of suppliers, including its contract service customers, to provide a broad range of self-test products on the Abingdon Simply Test e-commerce site.

R&D update

Abingdon continues to develop its own self-test products and is currently focused on two self-tests: flu and Lyme disease; both of which should reach proof of concept shortly. The Company has also conducted some preliminary work in the area of Hepatitis C testing.

In May 2022, the Company announced the signing of a strategic partnership with DeepVerge plc for the development of a range of tests, initially focusing on lateral flow test ("LFT") devices to detect pathogens and chemicals in wastewater. DeepVerge will fund the development of the tests and Abingdon will be the exclusive manufacturer following completion of the development and technical transfer process.

Directorate change

Abingdon Health also announces that Mr Lyn Rees, Non-Executive Director, will be leaving the Board of Abingdon Health at the end of September 2022. Mr Rees is making this move due to his desire to focus on his role as CEO of Yourgene Health plc.

Dr Chris Hand, Non-Executive Chairman of Abingdon Health said: "I would like to thank Lyn for his tremendous contribution since he joined the Abingdon Board in June 2020. It has been a pleasure to work with Lyn and I wish him well as he concentrates on his role at Yourgene Health plc."

Commenting on trading and outlook, Chris Yates, CEO of Abingdon Health plc, said: "Despite what has been a challenging year for the Company, we are nonetheless encouraged by our progress, with a range of new COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 opportunities. We believe that FY23 will see a return to revenue growth and that our programme of investment will see us begin to generate meaningful commercial traction.

"FY22 was disappointing in many respects, particularly the distraction of the Judicial Review and the challenges in resolving the lack of payment from the DHSC. Despite this hindrance we have built a solid base of international opportunities and we look forward to the new financial year with a growing base of contract service customers."

Enquiries:

 
 Abingdon Health plc                                www.abingdonhealth.com/investors/ 
 Chris Yates, Chief Executive Officer                                 Via Walbrook PR 
 Melanie Ross , Chief Financial Officer 
 Dr Chris Hand, Non-Executive Chairman 
 
 Singer Capital Markets (Sole Broker and                     Tel: +44 (0)20 7496 3000 
  Nominated Adviser) 
 Peter Steel, Alex Bond (Corporate Finance) 
 Tom Salvesen (Corporate Broking) 
 
 Walbrook PR Limited              Tel: +44 (0)20 7933 8780 or abingdon@walbrookpr.com 
 Phillip Marriage / Alice                  Mob: +44 (0)7867 984 082 / +44 (0)7407 804 
  Woodings                                                                        654 
 
 
 

About Abingdon Health plc

Abingdon Health is a world leading developer and manufacturer of high-quality lateral flow rapid tests across all industry sectors, including healthcare and COVID-19. Abingdon is the partner of choice for a growing global customer base and takes projects from initial concept through to routine and large-scale manufacturing and has also developed and marketed its own labelled tests.

The Company offers product development, regulatory support, technology transfer and manufacturing services for customers looking to develop new assays or transfer existing laboratory-based assays to a lateral flow format. Abingdon Health aims to support the increase in need for rapid results across many industries and locations and produces lateral flow tests in areas such as infectious disease, clinical testing including companion diagnostics, animal health and environmental testing. Faster access to results allows for rapid decision making, targeted intervention and can support better outcomes. This ability has a significant role to play in improving life across the world. To support this aim Abingdon Health has also developed AppDx(R) , a customisable image capturing technology that transforms a smartphone into a self-sufficient, standalone lateral-flow reader.

Founded in 2008, Abingdon Health is headquartered in York, England.

For more information visit: www.abingdonhealth.com

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