PORT HUENEME, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/11/15 -- Stellar Biotechnologies, Inc. ("Stellar" or "the Company") (OTCQB: SBOTF) (TSX VENTURE: KLH), the leader in sustainable manufacture of Keyhole Limpet Hemocyanin ("KLH"), an important immune-stimulating protein used in wide-ranging immunotherapeutic markets, today announced its financial results for the second fiscal quarter and six months ended March 31, 2015.
"Stellar is pleased to issue this mid-year report which shows increased demand for our products, continued financial prudence, and the positive effect of continued focus on our core KLH business," said Frank Oakes, President and Chief Executive Officer of Stellar Biotechnologies, Inc. "As KLH-based technologies advance through clinical development, we are excited to be in this strong position as the opportunities in the KLH market continue to grow."
Second Quarter and Six Months Ended March 31, 2015 Results:
Cash Position: Cash and cash equivalents as of March 31, 2015 were $11.1 million, compared to $13.8 million at September 30, 2014. Net cash used in operating activities for the six months ended March 31, 2015 was $2.6 million, compared to $2.6 million for the same period in 2014. The Company believes current cash will be sufficient to meet estimated working capital requirements and fund planned program development expenditures for at least the next 12 months.
Shareholders' Equity: As of March 31, 2015, Stellar had positive shareholders' equity of $8.9 million and approximately 79.55 million shares outstanding, compared to shareholders' equity of $10.5 million and approximately 79.42 million shares outstanding at September 30, 2014.
Revenue: Stellar generated revenue of $187,627 and $400,288 for the second quarter and six months ended March 31, 2015, respectively, compared to $114,371 and $173,196 for the same periods in 2014. Revenue includes product sales of $142,627 and $295,288 for the second quarter and six months ended March 31, 2015, respectively, compared to $42,371 and $58,456 for the same periods in 2014. The increase in product sales was due to an increase in customers and associated greater product sales volume. Contract services revenue was $45,000 and $105,000 for the second quarter and six months ended March 31, 2015, respectively, compared to $72,000 and $87,000 for the same periods in 2014. Contract services revenue fluctuated due to new services performed under a collaboration agreement beginning mid-December 2013 and completion of services in December 2014 related to a supply agreement.
R&D Expenses: Research and development expenses were $281,584 in the second quarter and $700,405 for the six months ended March 31, 2015, compared to $733,096 and $1.3 million in the same periods in 2014. The decreases in R&D expenses were primarily a result of the decreased use of contract research organizations due to a realignment of our focus from internal research and process development to manufacturing our core Stellar KLH™ products in response to increased demand.
Other Operating Expenses: Other operating expenses, which include cost of revenues and general and administration, totaled $1.1 million for the second quarter and $2.2 million for the six months ended March 31, 2015, compared to $821,910 and $2.0 million for the same periods in 2014. Cost of revenues increased due to additional manufacturing activities required for increased product demand. General and administration expenses increases were caused by increased corporate development expenses related to our transition to complying with Exchange Act disclosure and reporting requirements as a U.S. domestic issuer rather than a foreign private issuer, partially offset by decreases in share-based compensation expense.
Net Loss: The net loss for the second quarter ended March 31, 2015 was $426,164, or ($0.01) per basic share, compared to a net loss of $1.4 million, or ($0.02) per basic share, for the quarter ending March 31, 2014. The net loss for the six months ended March 31, 2015 was $1.8 million, or ($0.02) per basic share, as compared to a net loss of $7.0 million, or ($0.09) per basic share, for the six months ended March 31, 2014. The decrease in net loss reported in the quarter and six months ended March 31, 2015 compared to the same periods in 2014 was primarily due to significant noncash gains in the fair value of warrant liability, increased revenues and decreased research and development expenses, net of increased general and administrative expenses and increased noncash foreign exchange loss.
Stellar Biotechnologies will file its Form 10-Q for the period ending March 31, 2015 with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on Monday, May 11, 2015. To view the Company's filings under Form 20-F, Form 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K, please visit the U.S. SEC website (www.sec.gov/edgar). To view the Company's filings with the Canadian Securities Administrators ("CSA"), including the Management Discussion and Analysis and related consolidated financial statements, please visit the CSA's SEDAR website (www.sedar.com).
About Stellar Biotechnologies, Inc.
Stellar Biotechnologies, Inc. (OTCQB: SBOTF) (TSX VENTURE: KLH) is the leader in sustainable manufacture of Keyhole Limpet Hemocyanin (KLH), an important immune-stimulating protein used in wide-ranging therapeutic and diagnostic markets. KLH is both an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) in many new immunotherapies (targeting cancer, immune disorders, Alzheimer's and inflammatory diseases) as well as a finished product for measuring immune status. Stellar Biotechnologies is unique in its proprietary methods, facilities, and KLH technology. We are committed to meeting the growing demand for commercial-scale supplies of GMP grade KLH, ensuring environmentally sound KLH production, and developing KLH-based active immunotherapies.
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|Condensed Interim Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|(Expressed in US Dollars)|
|March 31,||September 30,||August 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||11,145,555||$||13,769,953||$||13,427,404|
|Other current assets||296,728||653,522||643,266|
|Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity:|
|Accounts payable, accrued liabilities and deferred revenue||$||413,941||$||671,714||$||541,626|
|Warrant liability, including current portion||2,489,934||3,691,266||6,231,703|
|Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity||$||11,826,615||$||14,827,715||$||14,473,962|
|Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Operations|
|(Expressed in US Dollars)|
|Three Months Ended||Six Months Ended|
|March 31,||March 31,||March 31,||March 31,|
|Contract services revenue||$||45,000||$||72,000||$||105,000||$||87,000|
|Costs of revenues||309,996||175,240||487,097||360,317|
|Research and development||281,584||733,096||700,405||1,281,321|
|General and administration||785,681||646,670||1,727,834||1,667,800|
|Other Income (Loss):|
|Foreign exchange gain (loss)||(307,546||)||(182,321||)||(468,658||)||(198,829||)|
|Increase (decrease) in fair value of warrant liability||1,061,776||185,607||1,201,332||(3,694,588||)|
|Income tax expense||9,000||11,400||18,800||12,200|
|Loss per common share - basic and diluted||$||(0.01||)||$||(0.02||)||$||(0.02||)||$||(0.09||)|
|Weighted average number of common shares outstanding||79,546,650||76,237,455||79,503,361||76,299,105|
|Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows|
|(Expressed in US Dollars)|
|Six Months Ended|
|March 31,||March 31,|
|Cash Flows Used In Operating Activities:|
|Items not affecting cash:|
|Depreciation and amortization||77,602||79,057|
|Foreign exchange (gain) loss||468,658||198,829|
|Change in fair value of warrant liability||(1,201,332||)||3,694,588|
|Changes in working capital items||(355,672||)||(135,919||)|
|Net cash used in operating activities||(2,581,458||)||(2,560,177||)|
|Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities||367,119||(250,666||)|
|Net cash provided by financing activities||28,719||2,963,162|
|Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents||(438,778||)||(205,712||)|
|Net change in cash and cash equivalents||(2,624,398||)||(53,393||)|
|Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period||13,769,953||15,478,038|
|Cash and cash equivalents - end of period||$||11,145,555||$||15,424,645|
Source: Stellar Biotechnologies, Inc.