Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)


3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2016
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]  

The accompanying financial statements of Venaxis, Inc. (the “Company,”  “we,” or “Venaxis”) have been prepared in accordance with the instructions to quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. In the opinion of management, all adjustments (which include only normal recurring adjustments) necessary to present fairly the financial position, results of operations and changes in financial position at March 31, 2016 and for all periods presented have been made. Certain information and footnote data necessary for fair presentation of financial position and results of operations in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America have been condensed or omitted. It is therefore suggested that these financial statements be read in conjunction with the summary of significant accounting policies and notes to financial statements included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015. The results of operations for the period ended March 31, 2016 are not necessarily an indication of operating results for the full year.

Management’s plans and basis of presentation:
The Company has experienced recurring losses and negative cash flows from operations.  At March 31, 2016, the Company had approximate balances of cash and liquid investments of $16,600,000, working capital of $16,183,000, total stockholders’ equity of $16,678,000 and an accumulated deficit of $105,023,000. To date, the Company has in large part relied on equity financing to fund its operations.  The Company expects to continue to incur losses from operations for the near-term and these losses could be significant as professional and other associated expenses in connection with possible strategic considerations, evaluations and transactions, appendicitis portfolio related expenses, public company and administrative related expenses are incurred. The Company believes that its current working capital position will be sufficient to meet its estimated cash needs into early 2017.  The Company is closely monitoring its cash balances, cash needs and expense levels.
As of January 26, 2016, Venaxis publically disclosed that it had entered into a series of agreements, including a Master Agreement, for a combination transaction (the “Strand transaction”) with Strand Life Sciences Private Limited and its shareholders (“Strand”).  Strand is privately-held, and operates clinical reference labs in the US and in India, providing testing and lab services in India and other world-wide markets.  Strand has commercialized a next generation sequencing (NGS) based, targeted, multi-gene, pan-cancer diagnostic panel in select international markets and has engaged in initial commercialization activities in the United States.
On March 11, 2016, Venaxis and Strand entered into a Mutual Termination Agreement to terminate the series of agreements.  Pursuant to the Mutual Termination Agreement, each of the parties was relieved of any obligations or responsibilities under the Master Agreement and other transaction agreements.  Each party remains responsible for its respective transaction-related costs.
Following the recent termination of the Strand transaction, the Company has begun evaluating potential strategic alternatives. The Company expects, in the near term, to establish the primary criteria it will consider as it evaluates its next steps and strategic path forward with the goal of maximizing value for its shareholders. As a result of the current market trends and uncertainties, and the impact on many companies, management believes that there may currently be attractive opportunities available to the Company.
Management’s strategic assessment includes the following potential options:
· exploring other possible strategic options available to the Company following termination of the Strand transaction;
· evaluating options to monetize, partner or license the Company's appendicitis product portfolio;
· continuing to explore prospective partnering or licensing opportunities with complementary opportunities and technologies; and
· continuing to implement cost control initiatives to conserve cash.
As part of the Company’s process to identify possible strategic partners, several targets were identified that the Company assessed as possibly having a business model that could be interested in discussions with Venaxis for possibly acquiring or licensing the appendicitis assets. Venaxis has made initial contact with several of these parties to gauge their interest level, which initially is more focused on the APPY2 development assets. Management believes that the estimated potential market for an appendicitis test continues to be significant. If Venaxis is unable to locate a new strategic target, a partner or other third-party interested in advancing development and commercial activities of the Venaxis appendicitis portfolio, the capitalized costs on the Company’s balance sheet, totaling approximately $374,000, as of March 31, 2016 for the acute appendicitis patents may be deemed impaired.