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AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. Results for the second quarter and first half ended June 30, 2017

MAYNARD, Mass, Aug. 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AQB) (“AquaBounty” or the “Company”), a biotechnology company focused on enhancing productivity in the aquaculture market and a majority-owned subsidiary of Intrexon Corporation (NYSE:XON), announces the Company’s financial results for the second quarter and first half ended June 30, 2017.

Financial and Operational Summary:

  • Significant operational progress made in advancing the Company’s commercial plans;
  • Further to receiving regulatory approval from Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency last year, sold approximately five tons of fresh AquAdvantage® Salmon fillets at market price to customers in Canada;
  • Purchased certain assets of the Bell Fish Company LLC farm site in Albany, Indiana, for $14.2 million, including legal and other transaction costs;
  • Received provincial approval from the Prince Edward Island regulatory authorities to construct a broodstock facility and a grow-out facility on the Company’s Rollo Bay site;
  • Completed the de-listing of the Company’s common shares from trading on AIM; and
  • Net loss for the three-month period ended June 30, 2017, was relatively flat at $2.1 million compared to the corresponding period of the previous year.

During the current quarter, the Company recognized $53 thousand of revenue on sales of AquAdvantage Salmon fillets.  Operating expenses were up slightly to $2.1 million in the current period from $2.0 million in the corresponding period of the previous year, primarily due to the increased costs associated with being a public company in the United States.

Ronald Stotish, Chief Executive Officer of AquaBounty, stated: “This quarter marked two milestone events for AquaBounty—the purchase of our first commercial farm site for the production of our eco-friendly AquAdvantage Salmon in the United States and the very first sales of AquAdvantage Salmon.  The sale and discussions with potential buyers clearly demonstrate that customers want our fish, and we look forward to increasing our production capacity to meet demand.”

Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this press release are forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the construction of a broodstock facility and grow-out facility on the Company’s Rollo Bay site; the production of AquAdvantage Salmon in the United States; customer demand for AquAdvantage Salmon; and an increase in production capacity.  Forward-looking statements may be identified with words such as “will,” “may,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “upcoming,” “believe,” “estimate”, or similar terminology, and the negative of these terms.  Forward-looking statements are not promises or guarantees of future performance, and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof, and, except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements.  For additional information regarding these and other risks faced by us, refer to our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), available on the Investors section of our website at www.aquabounty.com and on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

 
AquaBounty Technologies, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
 
      As of
      June 30, December 31,
        2017     2016  
Assets      
Current assets:    
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 7,991,382   $ 3,324,609  
  Certificate of deposit   12,972     10,666  
  Other receivables   161,039     164,743  
  Inventory   78,275     -  
  Prepaid expenses and other assets   352,772     72,983  
  Total current assets   8,596,440     3,573,001  
         
Property, plant and equipment, net   17,906,075     1,723,707  
Definite lived intangible assets, net   191,847     198,698  
Indefinite lived intangible assets   191,800     191,800  
Other assets   21,628     21,628  
Total assets $ 26,907,790   $ 5,708,834  
         
Liabilities and stockholders' equity    
Current liabilities:    
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 949,495   $ 1,017,851  
  Current debt   53,089     17,913  
  Total current liabilities   1,002,584     1,035,764  
         
Long-term debt   2,952,668     2,645,015  
  Total liabilities   3,955,252     3,680,779  
         
Commitments and contingencies    
         
Stockholders' equity:    
  Common stock, $0.001 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized;  
    8,895,094 (2016: 6,463,936) shares outstanding   8,895     6,464  
  Additional paid-in capital   126,644,804     101,581,724  
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (278,121 )   (286,272 )
  Accumulated deficit   (103,423,040 )   (99,273,861 )
Total stockholders' equity   22,952,538     2,028,055  
         
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 26,907,790   $ 5,708,834  
         


AquaBounty Technologies, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
(Unaudited)
 
      Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
      June 30,   June 30,
         2017     2016        2017     2016  
Revenues            
  Product revenues $ 53,278   $ -     $ 53,278   $ -  
               
Costs and expenses          
  Product costs   50,777     -       50,777     -  
  Sales and marketing   202,910     239,142       411,198     440,519  
  Research and development   936,317     915,741       1,656,339     1,730,998  
  General and administrative   950,348     824,138       2,071,136     1,603,663  
  Total costs and expenses   2,140,352     1,979,021       4,189,450     3,775,180  
               
Operating loss   (2,087,074 )   (1,979,021 )     (4,136,172 )   (3,775,180 )
               
Other income (expense)          
  Interest expense   (5,253 )   (83,333 )     (10,533 )   (107,639 )
  Gain on disposal of equipment   -     -       -     2,861  
  Other income (expense), net   (1,109 )   (1,482 )     (2,474 )   (2,855 )
  Total other income (expense)   (6,362 )   (84,815 )     (13,007 )   (107,633 )
               
Net loss   $ (2,093,436 ) $ (2,063,836 )   $ (4,149,179 ) $ (3,882,813 )
               
Other comprehensive income (loss):          
  Foreign currency translation gain (loss)    22,437     (3,182 )      8,151     (100,175 )
  Total other comprehensive income (loss)   22,437     (3,182 )     8,151     (100,175 )
               
Comprehensive loss $ (2,070,999 ) $ (2,067,018 )   $ (4,141,028 ) $ (3,982,988 )
               
               
Basic and diluted net loss per share $ (0.24 ) $ (0.39 )   $ (0.48 ) $ (0.74 )
Weighted average number of common shares -          
  basic and diluted   8,892,213     5,250,504       8,647,861     5,249,405  
               

 

For further information, please contact:

Dave Conley, Director of Communications
AquaBounty Technologies, Inc.
+1 613 294 3078

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