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Stellar Biotechnologies Reports First Quarter 2018 Financial Results

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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Stellar Biotechnologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBOT), a leading manufacturer of a key protein utilized in multiple immunotherapy development pipelines targeting Alzheimer's, diabetes, lupus and cancers, among other diseases, today reported financial results for the three months ended December 31, 2017 and provided an update on its business.

"Stellar today has multiple customers progressing in their clinical trials, and we are excited about the opportunities provided by our technology and market position," said Stellar President and Chief Executive Officer Frank Oakes. Results from the first of these third party clinical trials are expected as early as midyear. "While the outcomes of clinical trials cannot be predicted, we are focused operationally on rapidly preparing to meet the greater requirements of anticipated Phase 3 clinical studies," he said.

Stellar Chief Financial Officer Kathi Niffenegger said that during the first quarter, the company completed multiple engineering lots under its optimization initiative and continued to prioritize research and development. "These development projects are designed to support Stellar's commercial partnerships as well as advance our KLH production and manufacturing capabilities."

Financial Results

Total revenues for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 were $.02 million compared to $.14 million for the same period in 2016. The change was primarily due to a decrease in product sales volume. While the company's customer base has not changed significantly, product sales volumes are subject to variability associated with the rate of development and progression of clinical studies of third-party products that utilize Stellar KLH.

Total expenses decreased by $0.15 million to $1.41 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 compared to $1.56 million for the same period in 2016.

  • Cost of sales decreased by $.08 million to less than $.01 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 compared to $.08 million for the same period in 2016 primarily due to decreased product sales volume as well as reduced expenses related to sales of KLH that was produced as a byproduct of the company's research and development activities.
  • Research and development expenses increased by $.17 million to $.63 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 compared to $.46 million for the same period in 2016. The increase was primarily due to research and development activities intended to increase the scalability and throughput capacity of existing manufacturing systems, including engineering lots of KLH produced under the company's optimization initiative.
  • General and administrative expenses decreased by $.25 million to $.68 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 compared to $.93 million for the same period in 2016 primarily due to management's continued actions to reduce corporate expenses.

For the first quarter of fiscal year 2018, Stellar reported a net loss of $1.40 million, or $0.13 per basic share, compared to a net loss of $1.49 million, or $0.15 per basic share, for the first quarter of the prior year.

At December 31, 2017, the company had working capital of $5.1 million. Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $5.4 million.

Stellar will file its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 with the Securities and Exchange Commission on or about February 7, 2018. To view the company's filings with the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), visit the CSA's SEDAR website.

About Stellar Biotechnologies
Based north of Los Angeles at the Port of Hueneme, Stellar Biotechnologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBOT) is the leader in sustainable manufacture of Keyhole Limpet Hemocyanin (KLH), an immune-stimulating protein utilized as a carrier molecule in therapeutic vaccines (targeting cancers, immune disorders, Alzheimer's and inflammatory diseases) and for assessing immune system function. KLH can also be used in immunotoxicology studies for monitoring the immunomodulatory effects of drug candidates. Stellar is 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. Stellar KLH is a trademark of Stellar Biotechnologies.

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Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited - Prepared by Management)

Three Months Ended

December 31,

December 31,



Total Revenues

$          20,487

$       141,856


Cost of sales 



Costs of aquaculture



Research and development 



General and administrative



Total Expenses



Loss from Operations



Other Income (Loss):

Foreign exchange loss



Other income 



Income tax expense



Net Loss

$   (1,400,746)

$  (1,485,672)

Loss per common share:

Basic and diluted

$             (0.13)

$           (0.15)

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:

Basic and diluted




Condensed Interim Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited - Prepared by Management)

December 31, 

September 30,




Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments 

$    5,368,246

$     6,565,352

Other current assets



Noncurrent assets



Total Assets

$    6,593,394

$     7,720,005

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity:

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 

$       574,376

$        320,947

Shareholders' equity



Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity 

$    6,593,394

$     7,720,005


Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited - Prepared by Management)

Three Months Ended

December 31,

December 31,



Cash Flows Used In Operating Activities:

Net loss

$  (1,400,746)

$   (1,485,672)

Items not affecting cash:

Depreciation and amortization  



Share-based compensation



Foreign exchange loss



Transfer equipment to research and development 



Changes in working capital items



Net cash used in operating activities



Cash Flows From Investing Activities:

Acquisition of property, plant and equipment



Purchase of short-term investments



Proceeds on sales and maturities of short-term investments 



Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities



Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents



Net change in cash and cash equivalents 



Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period



Cash and cash equivalents - end of period

$   4,369,671

$     5,885,409


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