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Stellar Biotechnologies Reports Second Quarter Financial Results

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

During the quarter, Stellar continued to advance its optimization and expansion initiatives, which are intended to increase the scalability of the company's KLH production and manufacturing processes. A number of therapeutic vaccines that utilize the KLH protein as a carrier molecule are currently in clinical studies by third parties. While the outcomes of these clinical trials cannot be predicted, the company is preparing for the possible impact that favorable clinical results could have on the KLH market and Stellar's supply capabilities. Results from the first of these trials are anticipated to be announced during the summer of 2018, but there can be no certainty as to when our customers will issue their findings.

Frank Oakes, Stellar's President and Chief Executive Officer, said that the heightened activity now is the result of multiple companies with KLH-conjugated vaccines entering Phase 2 trials in the past two years. "We are eagerly awaiting upcoming developments from these clinical studies and continue to work closely with current and prospective customers to ensure long-term support of their immunotherapy programs."  

Stellar Chief Financial Officer Kathi Niffenegger noted that during the second fiscal quarter the company initiated an expansion project at its Port Hueneme aquaculture facility. This key project has been planned in stages in order to prepare the company's core aquaculture infrastructure for expansion while managing upfront costs. "We continue to closely manage our working capital and are aligning the timing of capital expenditures with third party milestones and market opportunities," she said.

Financial Results

Three months ended March 31, 2018

Total revenues were relatively unchanged at $0.06 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018 compared to the same period last year. Product sales increased by $0.05 million to $0.06 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018 compared to $0.01 million for the same period last year. 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 increased by $0.20 million to $1.41 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018 compared to $1.21 million for the same period last year:

  • Cost of sales and contract services was relatively unchanged at $0.07 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018 compared to the same period last year. 
  • Research and development expenses increased by $0.16 million to $0.49 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018 compared to $0.33 million for the same period last year. The increase was primarily due to research and development activities intended to increase the scalability and throughput capacity of existing manufacturing systems.
  • General and administrative expenses increased by $0.03 million to $0.77 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018 compared to $0.75 million for the same period last year primarily due a non-cash share-based compensation expense in the most recent quarter which was partially offset by reduced corporate expenses.

For the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, Stellar reported a net loss of $1.35 million, or $0.90 per basic share, compared to a net loss of $1.10 million, or $0.76 per basic share, for the second quarter of the prior year.

Six months ended March 31, 2018

Total revenues decreased by $0.12 million to $0.08 million for the six months ended March 31, 2018 compared to $0.20 million for the same period last year due to a decrease in product sales. 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 increased by $0.05 million to $2.82 million for the six months ended March 31, 2018 compared to $2.77 million for the same period last year:

  • Cost of sales and contract services decreased by $0.08 million to $0.07 million for the six months ended March 31, 2018 compared to $0.15 million for the same period last year 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 $0.33 million to $1.12 million for the six months ended March 31, 2018 compared to $0.79 million for the same period last year. 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 $0.23 million to $1.45 million for the six months ended March 31, 2018 compared to $1.68 million for the same period last year primarily due to management's continued actions to reduce corporate expenses.

For the six months ended March 31, 2018, Stellar reported a net loss of $2.75 million, or $1.83 per basic share, compared to a net loss of $2.59 million, or $1.79 per basic share, for the six months ended March 31, 2017.

Working Capital

At March 31, 2018, the company had working capital of $3.7 million. Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $3.8 million.

All per-share results have been adjusted to reflect a one-for-seven reverse share split effected May 4, 2018.

Stellar will file its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 with the Securities and Exchange Commission on or about May 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 vaccine pipelines (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 supporting the development of 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

Six Months Ended




March 31,

March 31,

March 31,

March 31,




2018

2017

2018

2017








Total Revenues

$        64,052

$         63,019

$        84,539

$       204,875








Expenses:






Cost of sales and contract services

65,623

71,443

68,424

150,008


Costs of aquaculture

74,424

63,402

172,474

148,237


Research and development 

493,873

329,371

1,124,907

790,236


General and administrative

773,989

746,360

1,452,470

1,678,427









Total Expenses

1,407,909

1,210,576

2,818,275

2,766,908








Loss from Operations

(1,343,857)

(1,147,557)

(2,733,736)

(2,562,033)








Other Income (Loss):






Foreign exchange loss

(16,218)

35,227

(34,147)

(42,163)


Other income 

7,548

8,653

15,410

15,647








Income tax expense

-

-

800

800








Net Loss

$(1,352,527)

$   (1,103,677)

$(2,753,273)

$   (2,589,349)








Loss per common share:






Basic and diluted

$           (0.90)

$            (0.76)

$           (1.83)

$            (1.79)








Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:






Basic and diluted

1,502,870

1,448,036

1,502,870

1,448,036

 

Condensed Interim Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited - Prepared by Management)









March 31, 

September 30,




2018

2017






Assets:




Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments 

$3,792,633

$     6,565,352


Other current assets

478,142

193,095


Noncurrent assets

1,058,971

961,558







Total Assets

$5,329,746

$     7,720,005






Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity:




Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 

$    589,793

$        320,947


Shareholders' equity

4,739,953

7,399,058







Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity 

$5,329,746

$     7,720,005

 

Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited - Prepared by Management)









Six Months Ended




March 31,

March 31,




2018

2017






Cash Flows Used In Operating Activities:




Net loss

$(2,753,273)

$   (2,589,349)


Items not affecting cash:





Depreciation and amortization  

95,894

90,720



Share-based compensation

94,168

64,794



Foreign exchange loss

34,147

42,163



Transfer equipment to research and development 

12,419

-


Changes in working capital items

(16,223)

(249,525)






Net cash used in operating activities

(2,532,868)

(2,641,197)






Cash Flows From Investing Activities:




Acquisition of property, plant and equipment

(205,891)

(126,876)


Purchase of short-term investments

(505,222)

(2,005,570)


Proceeds on sales and maturities of short-term investments 

2,000,000

2,000,000






Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

1,288,887

(132,446)






Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(33,960)

(42,039)






Net change in cash and cash equivalents 

(1,277,941)

(2,815,682)






Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period

4,570,951

7,416,904






Cash and cash equivalents - end of period

$  3,293,010

$    4,601,222

 

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