May 11, 2022
-Management will host a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. (ET) to review financial results and provide a corporate update
WOBURN, Mass., May 11, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Yield10 Bioscience, Inc. (Nasdaq:YTEN) ("Yield10" or the "Company"), an agricultural bioscience company, today reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2022.
“The development of Camelina as a commercial oilseed crop addresses three fundamental challenges facing not just our generation but future generations as well: climate change, global food security and plastic waste,” said Oliver Peoples, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Yield10 Bioscience. “We are operationalizing our commercial plan to launch Camelina as a platform crop to supply low-carbon feedstock oil for the biofuel market and to produce omega-3 nutritional oil and PHA bioplastic longer term. In the first quarter, we hired Darren Greenfield to lead seed operations and we recently named Dr. Willie Loh, a former Cargill executive, as a commercial and technical advisor who will provide important insights and guidance as we execute our commercial plans for Camelina oil.
"We are poised to begin engaging growers for seed production under contract in the U.S. and Canada as well as securing supply chain partners for offtake of seed for crushing. This activity has been initiated in 2022 and will continue to ramp up in 2023. In support of this plan, we have identified spring and winter Camelina varieties for initial commercialization in the North American biofuels market.
“Harvest of our 2021/2022 winter field trials is currently underway and will enable us to evaluate the performance of various spring and winter varieties across a range of geographies and provide seed for scale up. Designed to generate proof points on a broad range of Camelina varieties and traits, our 2022 spring field program will be our most extensive to date. Permitting is now complete and planting has begun for this program that is designed to evaluate herbicide tolerance, pest resistance, seed yield, oil content and other key aspects of Camelina performance. In addition, we also expect to plant PHA Camelina at acre-scale during the second quarter of 2022 and continue to support Rothamsted Research in the development of Camelina omega-3 (DHA+EPA) nutritional oil.
“As 2022 progresses, we expect to continue building our commercial capabilities and to continue protecting our crop discoveries with intellectual property and plant variety registrations in our target markets. As global trends drive interest in Camelina and in new crop yield traits discovered by our team using GRAIN, we remain encouraged by ongoing discussions around collaborative opportunities for Yield10,” said Peoples.
Geopolitical Uncertainty and COVID-19 Impact on Operations
The Company has implemented business continuity plans to address the COVID-19 pandemic and minimize disruptions to ongoing operations. In addition, the conflict in Ukraine has resulted in significant uncertainty in the agriculture and commodities markets, and may have a significant impact on the Company’s business and operations. To date, despite the pandemic, Yield10 has been able to move forward with the operational steps required to execute its 2021-2022 winter field trials and start up its 2022 spring field trials in Canada and the United States. However, it is possible that any potential future closures of research facilities, should they continue for an extended time, or delays in receiving supplies and materials needed to conduct field trials and research, or economic repercussions of the pandemic or other geopolitical uncertainty, such as the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia, could adversely impact the Company's anticipated time frames for evaluating and/or reporting data from our field trials and other work we plan to accomplish during 2022 and beyond.
FIRST QUARTER 2022 FINANCIAL OVERVIEW
Yield10 Bioscience is managed with an emphasis on cash flow and deploys its financial resources in a disciplined manner to achieve its key strategic objectives.
Yield10 ended the first quarter of 2022 with $12.7 million in unrestricted cash and investments; a net decrease of $3.3 million from unrestricted cash and investments of $16.0 million reported as of December 31, 2021. The Company used $3.1 million in cash for its operating activities during the three months ended March 31, 2022, in comparison to $2.6 million used for operating activities during the three months ended March 31, 2021. The greater use of cash for operating activities was primarily the result of Yield10's greater net loss of $3.3 million during the first quarter of 2022 in comparison to a net loss of $2.6 million reported for the same quarter of last year. The greater loss is due to the Company's increased operating expenses related to staffing, expanded Camelina spring and winter field trials, increased regulatory-related expenditures as well as due to seed scale up and other early stage seed commercialization activities.
The Company continues to estimate total net cash usage for the full year ended December 31, 2022 in a range of $12.0 to $12.5 million as it continues its controlled growth to develop proprietary Camelina plant varieties and to support the launch of its Camelina products. Yield10's present capital resources are expected to fund its planned operations into the first quarter of 2023. The Company's ability to continue operations after its current cash resources are exhausted is dependent upon its ability to obtain additional financing, including public or private equity financing, secured or unsecured debt financing, receipt of additional government research grants, as well as licensing or other collaborative arrangements.
Research grant revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2022 was $0.1 million in comparison to grant revenue of $0.2 million recorded during the three months ended March 31, 2021. Research and development expenses were $1.8 million during the first three months of 2022 compared to $1.3 million recorded during the first three months of 2021. General and administrative expenses were $1.7 million and $1.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively.
Yield10 reported a net loss of $3.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2022, or $0.68 per share, as compared to a net loss of $2.6 million, or $0.60 per share, for the quarter ended March 31, 2021.
Conference Call Information
Yield10 Bioscience management will host a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. (ET) to discuss the first quarter 2022 results. The Company also will provide a corporate update and answer questions from the investor community. A live webcast of the call with slides can be accessed through the Company's website at www.yield10bio.com in the investor relations events section. To participate in the call, dial toll-free 877-709-8150 or 201-689-8354 (international).
To listen to a telephonic replay of the conference call, dial toll-free 877-660-6853 or 201-612-7415 (international) and enter pass code 13728757. The replay will be available until May 25, 2022. In addition, the webcast will be archived on the Company's website in the investor relations events section.
About Yield10 Bioscience
Yield10 Bioscience, Inc. is an agricultural bioscience company that is using its differentiated trait gene discovery platform, the “Trait Factory”, to develop improved Camelina varieties for the production of proprietary seed products, and to discover high value genetic traits for the agriculture and food industries. Our goals are to efficiently establish a high value seed products business based on developing superior varieties of Camelina for the production of feedstock oils for renewable diesel, PHA bioplastics and omega-3 (DHA+EPA) oils, and to license our yield traits to major seed companies for commercialization in major row crops, including corn, soybean and canola. Yield10 is headquartered in Woburn, MA and has an Oilseeds Center of Excellence in Saskatoon, Canada.
Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The forward-looking statements in this release do not constitute guarantees of future performance. Investors are cautioned that statements in this press release which are not strictly historical statements, including, without limitation, expectations regarding Yield10’s cash position, cash forecasts and runway, expectations related to research and development activities, intellectual property, the expected regulatory path for traits, reproducibility of data from field tests, the timing of completion of additional greenhouse and field test studies, the outcomes of 2021-2022 winter field tests and seed scale-up activities, the signing of research licenses and collaborations, including whether the objectives of those collaborations will be met, whether the Company will be able to generate proof points for traits in development and advance business discussions around its Camelina business plan, the potential impact on operations of the COVID-19 pandemic, the geopolitical uncertainty caused by the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, and value creation as well as the overall progress of Yield10 Bioscience, Inc., constitute forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated, including the risks and uncertainties detailed in Yield10 Bioscience’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Yield10 Bioscience assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release or with respect to the announcements described herein.
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