AquaBounty Technologies Announces Results for the Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2021
MAYNARD, Mass., March 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: AQB) (“AquaBounty” or the “Company”), a land-based aquaculture company utilizing technology to enhance productivity and sustainability, today announced the Company’s financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2021.
Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Highlights and Recent Developments
- Successfully launched the first commercial scale harvests and sales of the Company’s genetically engineered (“GE”) Atlantic salmon from both its Indiana and Rollo Bay farm sites in June.
- Harvested 91 tons of GE Atlantic salmon and generated $340,900 in revenue from the sale of 101,700 pounds of salmon to customers during the fourth quarter. Harvest revenue for the full year 2021 totaled $783,000.
- Sales of non-transgenic eggs and fry increased to $76,700 in the fourth quarter and totaled $391,800 for the full year.
- Fortified balance sheet with $127.1 million in gross proceeds from the closing of an underwritten public offering of common stock in February 2021.
- Received approval from the Board of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority for the issuance of up to $300 million in municipal bonds to support the construction financing for the planned Ohio farm.
- Identified the appropriate metrics, initiated data collection and started the build-out of the platform necessary for our Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”) integrated reporting capability.
- Subsequent to year-end, commenced critical pre-construction activities for the Company’s Pioneer, Ohio farm site, including setting surveyor benchmarks, construction of roadways and preparing on-site energy infrastructure.
“The fourth quarter of 2021 was highlighted by the continued ramp up of commercial production with the harvest and sale of our proprietary GE salmon at our Albany, Indiana and Prince Edward Island, Canada farms,” said Sylvia Wulf, Chief Executive Officer of AquaBounty. “During the quarter we harvested 91 tons of salmon, an 8% improvement over the third quarter, enabled by production capacity improvements and the hiring of additional staff. Commercial interest in our nutritious salmon, which is free of antibiotics and other contaminants, has been impressive and we continue to receive orders for the entire output from our farms.
“To meet the rising market demand for our GE salmon, we are highly focused on the start of construction of our transformational, next-generation 10,000 metric ton farm in Pioneer, Ohio. Pre-construction activities have already commenced, including the construction of roadways and on-site energy infrastructure, as well as the setting of surveyor’s benchmarks ahead of grading work. We will soon be announcing an official groundbreaking ceremony and expect construction to commence in early spring. Our timeline for stocking our salmon eggs is still on track to occur in late 2023.
“As we have mentioned previously, the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority has been extremely supportive of our Ohio farm and last November, its Board approved the issuance of up to $300 million in tax-exempt and taxable bonds to support our project. We expect to complete the bond placement process in the next three months with Wells Fargo Corporate and Investment Banking as our underwriter.
“Looking ahead, we are focused on continuing our momentum in increasing our harvest output, onboarding more new customers and growing our revenue. We are excited about commencing construction on our Ohio farm which is planned to generate roughly eight times the output capacity of our Indiana farm. As we begin this new year, we are extremely confident in the market acceptance of our salmon and will strive to create long term value for our shareholders,” concluded Wulf.
Financial Summary through December 31, 2021
- Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2021 was $1.17 million, compared to $128 thousand for the year ended December 31, 2020. Harvests at the Indiana and PEI farms commenced in June 2021 and weekly output is ramping steadily.
- Operating expenses for full year 2021 were $23.3 million, compared to $16.4 million in the prior year. The increase reflects the growth in headcount, production expenses and third-party processing and transportation costs at the farms, as well as increases in corporate and marketing expenses.
- Net loss for the year ended December 31, 2021 was $22.3 million, compared to $16.4 million in the prior year.
- Cash, cash equivalents, marketable securities and restricted cash totaled $191.2 million as of December 31, 2021, compared with $96.3 million as of December 31, 2020.
At AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AQB), we believe we are a leader in aquaculture leveraging decades of technology expertise to deliver game-changing solutions that address food insecurity and climate change issues, while improving efficiency, sustainability and profitability. AquaBounty provides fresh Atlantic salmon to nearby markets by raising its fish in carefully monitored land-based fish farms through a safe, secure and sustainable process. The Company’s land-based Recirculating Aquaculture System (“RAS”) farms, located in Indiana, United States and Prince Edward Island, Canada, are close to key consumption markets and are designed to prevent disease and to include multiple levels of fish containment to protect wild fish populations. AquaBounty is raising nutritious salmon that is free of antibiotics and other contaminants and provides a solution resulting in a reduced carbon footprint and no risk of pollution to marine ecosystems as compared to traditional sea-cage farming. For more information on AquaBounty, please visit www.aquabounty.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including regarding the anticipated size of AquaBounty’s proposed facility in Ohio; production capacity; timing of construction, permits, regulatory approvals, or commercial stocking; cost of construction; amount to be invested in the project, ability to produce eggs, fry, and broodstock; future revenue streams; onboarding customers, pricing and profitability. The forward-looking statements in this press release are neither promises nor guarantees, and you should not place undue reliance on these statements because they involve significant risks and uncertainties about AquaBounty. AquaBounty may use words such as “expect,” “anticipate,” “project,” “intend,” “slated to,” “plan,” “aim,” “believe,” “seek,” “estimate,” “can,” “focus,” “will,” and “may” and similar expressions to identify such forward-looking statements. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are risks relating to, among other things, whether AquaBounty and its partners will consummate the proposed bond financing; the final terms of the financing, market and other conditions; the satisfaction of closing conditions; the impact of the bond offering on AquaBounty’s financial condition, credit rating and stock price; whether AquaBounty will need to and be able to raise additional equity capital; whether AquaBounty will be able to service the bond commitments, be able to secure required regulatory approvals and permits, be able to profitably construct and operate the farm; AquaBounty’s business and financial condition, and the impact of general economic, public health, industry or political conditions in the United States or internationally. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof, and, except as required by law, AquaBounty undertakes no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements. For additional information regarding these and other risks faced by us, please 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.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the bonds described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these bonds in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
Greg Falesnik or Luke Zimmerman
MZ Group - MZ North America
AquaBounty Technologies, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
|As of December 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||88,454,988||$||95,751,160|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||1,536,484||405,370|
|Total current assets||193,025,163||97,681,907|
|Property, plant and equipment, net||33,815,119||26,930,338|
|Right of use assets, net||284,320||341,997|
|Intangible assets, net||231,842||245,546|
|Liabilities and stockholders' equity|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||$||4,317,615||$||1,176,802|
|Accrued employee compensation||874,589||583,301|
|Other current liabilities||66,269||62,483|
|Total current liabilities||5,885,838||2,082,525|
|Long-term lease obligations||224,058||290,327|
|Long-term debt, net||8,523,333||8,528,490|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Common stock, $0.001 par value, 80,000,000 shares authorized at December 31,|
|2021 and 2020; 71,025,738 and 55,497,133 shares outstanding at December 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively||71,026||55,497|
|Additional paid-in capital||384,852,107||263,629,116|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(255,588||)||(267,258||)|
|Total stockholders' equity||213,802,763||114,875,161|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$||228,435,992||$||125,776,503|
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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
|Costs and expenses|
|Sales and marketing||1,261,764||533,428|
|Research and development||2,145,548||2,364,610|
|General and administrative||9,103,213||6,797,443|
|Total costs and expenses||23,296,597||16,375,493|
|Other income (expense)|
|Other income (expense), net||115,619||212|
|Total other income (expense)||(200,823||)||(152,155||)|
|Other comprehensive income (loss):|
|Unrealized losses on marketable securities||(40,101||)||—|
|Total other comprehensive income||11,670||92,902|
|Basic and diluted net loss per share||$||(0.32||)||$||(0.45||)|
|Weighted average number of common shares -|
|basic and diluted||69,428,061||36,347,398|
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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
|Adjustment to reconcile net loss to net cash used in|
|Depreciation and amortization||1,787,564||1,494,596|
|Other non-cash charge||17,386||44,339|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities:|
|Prepaid expenses and other assets||(1,138,691||)||(74,621||)|
|Accounts payable and accrued liabilities||230,712||145,607|
|Accrued employee compensation||291,288||346,812|
|Net cash used in operating activities||(20,472,259||)||(14,288,821||)|
|Purchases of property, plant and equipment||(5,668,696||)||(3,975,135||)|
|Deposits on equipment purchases||(45,111||)||(349,847||)|
|Proceeds from sale equipment||—||99,816|
|Purchases of marketable securities, net||(101,813,882||)||—|
|Proceeds from legal settlement, net||—||1,014,008|
|Other investing activities||(11,010||)||(27,253||)|
|Net cash used in investing activities||(107,538,699||)||(3,238,411||)|
|Proceeds from issuance of debt||606,453||4,221,130|
|Payment of debt issuance costs||—||(91,620||)|
|Repayment of term debt||(272,102||)||(70,826||)|
|Proceeds from the issuance of common stock, net||119,120,437||104,625,615|
|Proceeds from the exercise of stock options and warrants||1,723,846||2,318,709|
|Net cash provided by financing activities||121,178,634||111,003,008|
|Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash||36,152||(23,360||)|
|Net change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash||(6,796,172||)||93,452,416|
|Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period||96,251,160||2,798,744|
|Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period||$||89,454,988||$||96,251,160|
|Reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash reported|
|in the consolidated balance sheet:|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||88,454,988||$||95,751,160|
|Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash||$||89,454,988||$||96,251,160|
|Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information and|
|Interest paid in cash||$||299,056||$||114,893|
|Property and equipment included in accounts payable and accrued liabilities||$||2,926,016||$||23,600|