Mar 9, 2022
-Near-term commercial focus on the Renewable Diesel market
-Management will host a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. (ET) to review
financial results and provide a corporate update
WOBURN, Mass., March 09, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Yield10 Bioscience, Inc. (Nasdaq:YTEN) ("Yield10" or the "Company"), an agricultural bioscience company, today reported financial results for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2021.
"In 2021 we executed against our strategic plan to position Camelina as a commercial platform crop for the production of low-carbon petroleum replacements and food products," said Oliver Peoples, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Yield10 Bioscience. "We made solid progress as we focused on activities to position Yield10 to be able to launch and commercialize Camelina as a platform crop to supply low-carbon feedstock oil for the renewable diesel market. In addition, we advanced development of PHA bioplastics in Camelina. These products are aligned with decarbonizing transportation fuels and achieving zero plastic waste. Progress was also made on expanding the patent position and mapping out the regulatory strategy for the Camelina omega-3 (DHA+EPA) nutritional oil. This sustainable fish oil replacement product together with the high protein meal co-product from Camelina seed processing represent significant additional market opportunities aligned with global trends in sustainability, health and wellness, and food security.
"Yield10 achieved significant momentum in early 2022 that we anticipate continuing through the course of the year. Our commercial team is engaging with potential supply chain participants in the renewable diesel market while starting outreach to growers to produce Camelina seed and oil under contract. Together, these activities will enable our vision of establishing a 'capital light' low-carbon Camelina feedstock oil business.
"Furthermore, our research and development team continues to be highly productive advancing the discovery and development of novel seed yield and oil content performance traits, as well as deploying well-established herbicide tolerance traits and pest resistance traits into our Elite Camelina germplasm. Our goal is to develop and launch our differentiated Elite Camelina varieties which demonstrate economic value and attract grower interest to access increasing acreage over time," said Peoples.
COVID-19 Impact on Operations. The Company has implemented business continuity plans to address the COVID-19 pandemic and minimize disruptions to ongoing operations. To date, despite the pandemic, Yield10 was able to move forward with the operational steps required to execute its 2021-2022 winter 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.
FULL YEAR AND FOURTH QUARTER 2021 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.
The Company used $9.3 million in cash for its operating activities during the year ended December 31, 2021 in comparison to $8.7 million used for operating activities during the year ended December 31, 2020. During early 2021, Yield10 raised $12.7 million, before issuance costs of $0.7 million, in an underwritten public securities offering of 1,040,000 shares of common stock and received additional cash of $3.9 million from investors who exercised 481,973 warrants issued in the Company's November 2019 securities offering. As a result, the Company ended 2021 with $16.0 million in unrestricted cash and cash equivalents in comparison to a balance in unrestricted cash and cash equivalents of $9.7 million as of December 31, 2020. The Company anticipates total net cash usage during the year ended December 31, 2022 in a range of $12.0 - $12.5 million as it continues its controlled growth to support initial Camelina commercialization activities. Yield10's present capital resources are expected to fund its planned operations and to meet its contractual obligations into the first quarter of 2023.
Research grant revenue for the year ended December 31, 2021 was $0.6 million in comparison to grant revenue of $0.8 million recorded in the previous year. Research and development expense was $6.2 million during the year ended December 31, 2021 compared to $5.4 million recorded for the year ended December 31, 2020. General and administrative expenses were $6.1 million and $5.0 million for the years ended December 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively.
Yield10 reported a loss from operations of $11.7 million for the full year 2021 as compared to a loss from operations of $9.6 million in 2020. For the year ended December 31, 2021, the Company reported a net loss after taxes of $11.0 million, or $2.33 per share, in comparison to a net loss after taxes of $10.2 million, or $4.30 per share, during the year ended December 31, 2020.
Research grant revenues were $0.2 million for each of the fourth quarters of 2021 and 2020. Research and development expense increased by $0.2 million from $1.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 to $1.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. General and administrative expenses also increased during the fourth quarter of 2021 by $0.1 million to $1.5 million in comparison to the fourth quarter of 2020.
Yield10 reported a loss after taxes of $3.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2021, or $0.61 per share, compared to a loss after taxes of $2.6 million, or $0.79 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Other Income (Expense)
Included within other income (expense) during the Company's year ended December 31, 2021 is an investment gain of $0.7 million from the surrender of its preferred shares in Tepha, Inc., a related party, as a result of Tepha's merger with Becton Dickinson. During the year ended December 31, 2020, other income (expense) included a non-cash charge of $1.0 million resulting from a change in the fair value of its warrant liability and the receipt of $0.3 million in loan proceeds received in connection with a Paycheck Protection Act Loan issued and forgiven under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.
Conference Call Information
Yield10 Bioscience management will host a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. (ET) to discuss the fourth quarter and full year 2021 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 13727169. The replay will be available until March 30, 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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