May 17, 2024

Yield10 Bioscience Announces First Quarter 2024 Financial Results

WOBURN, Mass., May 15, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Yield10 Bioscience, Inc. (Nasdaq:YTEN) ("Yield10" or the "Company"), an agricultural bioscience company, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2024.

"In the first quarter of 2024, we made the strategic decision to focus our resources on the commercialization of Camelina products targeting the aquafeed and nutritional markets for omega-3 fatty acids," said Oliver Peoples, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Yield10. "We are building seed inventory in anticipation of commercial scale planting, planning to obtain regulatory approval to sell omega-3 oil for aquafeed in Chile, and engaging with potential commercial partners to enable future commercial sale of omega-3 oil and meal in target markets.

"We recently completed deliverables earning $1 million in milestone payments from Vision Bioenergy Oilseeds. Earlier this year, we granted a license to VISION related to our herbicide tolerance technology for Camelina. In recent months we have obtained clearances from both USDA-APHIS and the U.S. EPA allowing commercial planting of HT Camelina together with the use of glufosinate herbicide for the management of broad leaf weeds, representing a key milestone in the commercial development of Camelina."Yield10 is a leader in the development of Camelina as a commercial crop and in engineering novel traits into the crop. In April of 2024, Yield10 was granted a U.S. patent covering oilseed plants engineered with a complex, novel carbon fixation pathway and in May of 2024, the Company was granted a Notice of Allowance on C3004, a trait that increases photosynthesis driving increased branching and seed yield in Camelina. We expect this patent to issue in the second half of 2024.

"In the coming months, we plan to continue to execute on our commercial and regulatory plan to produce omega-3 oil and meal products in Camelina, to combine our herbicide tolerant and omega-3 traits to produce new Camelina varieties, and to continue to support grower adoption of Camelina," said Dr. Peoples.

Recent Accomplishments
Recent progress by Yield10 is underscored by corporate milestones achieved since the start of 2024.


Reverse Stock Split

On May 2, 2024, the Company effected a 1-for-24 reverse stock split of its common stock. Unless otherwise indicated, all share amounts, per share data, share prices, and conversion rates set forth in this press release and the accompanying condensed financial statements have, where applicable, been adjusted retroactively to reflect this reverse stock split.

Cash Position

Yield10 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 2024 with $1.6 million in unrestricted cash and cash equivalents; a net increase of $0.5 million from unrestricted cash, cash equivalents and investments of $1.1 million reported as of December 31, 2023. The Company used $0.9 million in cash for its operating activities during the three months ended March 31, 2024, in comparison to $2.7 million used for operating activities during the first three months of 2023. The net decrease in cash usage reflects the Company's continuing efforts to conserve cash resources by reducing expenses and delaying payments to vendors and the receipt of the initial $2.0 million paid by VISION upon execution of the commercial license agreement.

In February of 2024, Yield10 granted a commercial license to VISION for certain proprietary varieties of Camelina for the production of feedstock oil for biofuels and other markets excluding omega-3 oils and bioplastics. VISION will make cash payments to the Company totaling $3.0 million, of which $2.0 million was received as of March 31, 2024, and the remainder was paid by VISION during the second quarter of 2024 upon the Company's completion of certain near-term milestones.   In March 2024, the Company also entered into warrant exercise agreements with certain existing institutional investors, pursuant to which these investors agreed to exercise a portion of the warrants issued to them in May of 2023 and/or August of 2023. The Company received net proceeds of approximately $1.2 million from the exercise of the warrants, net of transaction expenses of $0.2 million incurred in completing the arrangement.

Operating Results

During the three months ended March 31, 2024, the Company recognized $0.3 million in license revenue from the agreement with VISION. The license agreement with VISION contains a number of service deliverables that the Company must meet in order to fulfill its contractual obligations. The Company will recognize the $3.0 million in revenue on a straight line basis through the estimated completion date of the final service deliverables estimated to occur through September of 2025.   Research grant revenue was $0.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2023. Yield10 did not recognize grant revenue during the three months ended March 31, 2024, as the Company's five-year sub-award with Michigan State University in support of a U.S. Department of Energy funded grant was completed in March 31, 2023 with no further grant revenue to be recognized.

Research and development expenses were $1.4 million during the first three months of 2024 compared to $2.2 million during the first three months of 2023 and general and administrative expenses were $1.4 million during the first three months of 2024 compared to $1.7 million during the three months ended March 31, 2023. The decreased expenses quarter over quarter reflect the Company's efforts to better align its expenses with its cash resources.

Yield10 reported a net loss of $2.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2024, or $4.77 per share, as compared to a net loss of $3.8 million, or $18.16 per share, for the three months ended March 31, 2023.

About Yield10 Bioscience

Yield10 Bioscience, Inc. is an agricultural bioscience company that is leveraging advanced genetics to develop the oilseed Camelina sativa ("Camelina") as a platform crop for large-scale production of sustainable seed products. These seed products include feedstock oils for renewable diesel and sustainable aviation biofuels; omega-3 (EPA and DHA+EPA) oils for pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and aquafeed applications; and, in the future, PHA biomaterials for use as biodegradable bioplastics. Subject to the availability of sufficient financial resources to continue operations, our commercial plan is based on establishing a grain contracting business leveraging our proprietary elite Camelina seed varieties, focusing on the production of omega-3 oils for nutritional applications and partnering or licensing our advanced Camelina gene technologies to biofuel value chain partners to support their goals of meeting the growing demand for low-carbon intensity feedstock oil. Yield10 is headquartered in Woburn, MA and has a Canadian subsidiary, Yield10 Oilseeds Inc., located in Saskatoon, Canada.

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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, including, without limitation, statements regarding the ability of omega-3 Camelina and the technology being developed to provide sustainable alternatives to existing means of omega-3 oil production, expectations regarding regulatory approval for commercial production of Yield10’s Camelina product lines, the reliability, scalability and addressable market of omega-3 oils produced from omega-3 Camelina, and collaborations with potential strategic partners, including the planned completion of the global commercial license under the agreement with Rothamsted and signing of an agreement with BioMar, 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, but not limited to the Company’s ability to secure adequate funding in the near term to continue operations and to remain listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market, as to which no assurance can be given, as well as the risks and uncertainties detailed in Yield10 Bioscience's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Yield10 assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release or with respect to the matters described herein.


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