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Nature of Business, Basis of Presentation and Going Concern Uncertainty

Nature of Business, Basis of Presentation and Going Concern Uncertainty
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2023
Accounting Policies [Abstract]  
Nature of Business, Basis of Presentation and Going Concern Uncertainty


Achieve Life Sciences, Inc. (referred to as “Achieve,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company committed to the global development and commercialization of cytisinicline for smoking cessation and nicotine addiction. We were incorporated in the state of Delaware, and operate out of Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia.

The unaudited consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, or U.S. GAAP, for interim financial information and with the instructions to Form 10-Q. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required to be presented for complete financial statements. The accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements reflect all adjustments (consisting only of normal recurring items) which are, in the opinion of management, necessary for a fair presentation of the results for the interim periods presented. The accompanying consolidated Balance Sheet at December 31, 2022 has been derived from the audited consolidated financial statements included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year then ended. The unaudited consolidated financial statements and related disclosures have been prepared with the assumption that users of the interim financial information have read or have access to the audited consolidated financial statements for the preceding fiscal year. Accordingly, these financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements and the related notes thereto included in the Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 and filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or the SEC, on March 16, 2023.

The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Achieve and our wholly owned subsidiaries, Achieve Life Sciences Technologies Inc., Achieve Life Science, Inc., Extab Corporation, and Achieve Pharma UK Limited. All intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated.


Going Concern Uncertainty


The accompanying financial statements have been prepared assuming we will continue to operate as a going concern, which contemplates the realization of assets and liabilities and commitments in the normal course of business.


We have historically experienced recurring losses from operations and have incurred an accumulated deficit of $160.3 million through September 30, 2023. As of September 30, 2023, we had cash and cash equivalents of $19.9 million and a positive working capital balance of $17.8 million. For the nine months ended September 30, 2023, we incurred a net loss of $24.3 million and net cash used in operating activities was $20.1 million.


Substantial doubt exists as to our ability to continue as a going concern. Our ability to continue as a going concern is subject to material uncertainty and dependent on our ability to obtain additional financing. We have historically financed our operations through equity offerings and/or debt financings. There can be no assurance that financing from these or other sources will be available to us in the future. Without additional funds, we may be forced to delay, scale back or eliminate some of our research and development, or R&D, activities or other operations and potentially delay product development in an effort to provide sufficient funds to continue our operations. If any of these events occurs, our ability to achieve our development and commercialization goals would be adversely affected.


Our current resources are insufficient to fund our planned operations for the next twelve months. We will continue to require substantial additional capital to continue our clinical development activities. Accordingly, we will need to raise substantial additional capital to continue to fund our operations from the sale of our securities, debt, partnering arrangements, non-dilutive fundraising or other financing transactions in order to finance the remaining development and commercialization of our product candidate. The amount and timing of our future funding requirements will depend on many factors, including the pace and results of our clinical development efforts. The uncertainty with respect to our operations and the market generally due to increasing interest rates and inflation may also make it challenging to raise additional capital on favorable terms, if at all. Failure to raise capital as and when needed, on favorable terms or at all, will have a negative impact on our financial condition and our ability to develop our product candidate. We expect our expenses to substantially increase over time in connection with our ongoing activities, particularly as we advance our product candidate in clinical development and support future commercialization.


As disclosed in Note 7 – Convertible Debt, we are required to keep substantially all of our cash and cash equivalents with a single financial institution, Silicon Valley Bank, which we refer to as SVB, as required by the covenants of our Debt Agreement. On March 26, 2023, it was announced that First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company, or First Citizens, would assume all of SVB’s deposits and loans as of March 27, 2023 and since that date we continue to have full access to our cash and cash equivalents. Further, the maturity

date of our Convertible Term Loan could accelerate in certain circumstances related to the timing of our submission and the FDA's acceptance of a New Drug Application, or NDA. There can be no assurance that SVB, First Citizens or any successor lender(s) will be willing to work with us on any modifications to the Debt Agreement (as defined below).

These consolidated financial statements do not include any adjustments to the amounts and classification of assets and liabilities that might be necessary should we be unable to continue as a going concern. Such adjustments could be material.