Yield10 Bioscience Announces Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Woburn, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES

Management will Host a Conference Call Today at 4:30 p.m. (ET) to Review

Financial Results and Provide a Corporate Update

WOBURN, Mass., Aug. 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Yield10 Bioscience, Inc. (Nasdaq:YTEN), an agricultural bioscience company, today reported financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021.

"We are focused on executing against our core business strategy of utilizing Camelina as a platform crop to produce food, fuel, and PHA bioplastic," said Oliver Peoples, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Yield10. "Our important early commercialization activities continue, highlighted by our recent new hires to support the regulatory, supply chain and commercial paths for our traits, as well as by contracting with third parties to scale up and crush seed to produce samples of Camelina oil for business development efforts. We are field testing Camelina in Argentina, for the first time, with the goal of forming strategic partnerships to enable our market entry strategy for commercializing omega-3 oils in the farmed salmon feed market.

"Our team is making excellent progress across our R&D priorities for 2021. We remain on track scaling up certain Camelina lines to enable planting at larger scale as we are also field testing Camelina elite germplasm, as well as lines designed to produce increased seed yield, oil content, and PHA in a field program spanning more than 12 sites across the U.S., Canada and Argentina. We are also supporting the Rothamsted team as they field test and scale up omega-3 (DHA+EPA) Camelina lines. We believe our innovations will enable the delivery of sustainable product options well matched to market demands.

"Our GRAIN platform addresses the main challenge in agricultural biotechnology that being the consistent identification of novel targets that produce meaningful improvements in crop performance. Our team has discovered four new oil content targets, including C3020, and three additional traits accessible by CRISPR, a timely development given the increasing demand for vegetable oil for the food and fuel markets.

"In the second half of 2021, we look forward to continuing to advance our business plans for Camelina, reporting proof points from our R&D activities, and achieving key milestones supporting the growth of our business," said Dr. Peoples.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Executing on 2021 Field Test and Seed Scale Up Program. Planting was completed under our 2021 Field Test and Seed Scale Up program at all contracted sites in the United States, Canada, and Argentina. The program is designed to test several varieties of elite Camelina, as well as seed yield and oil content traits. In addition, we are scaling up three Camelina varieties under contract with a seed company to enable larger scale plantings in 2022. We expect that harvest of seeds across the field tests will be completed in third quarter 2021, and that data will be received starting in fourth quarter 2021.  
  • Adding Key Hires to the Team. Tichafa Munyikwa, Ph.D. was appointed as Director of Regulatory Affairs and will be responsible for developing and executing regulatory strategy for Yield10’s performance and content traits deployed in Camelina. In addition, Nicholas Renegar, Ph.D.was appointed as Director, Business Analytics and Operations and will be responsible for business analytics and project management as well as supporting Yield10’s business development, supply chain development, and seed operations activities.

  • Expanding our Portfolio of Promising Oil Content Trait Targets. Yield10 researchers achieved proof of concept showing that four novel gene targets identified using the GRAIN (Gene Ranking Artificial Intelligence Network) platform impact seed development and/or oil content. In greenhouse testing, one of the three targets, C3020, produced a 10% increase in seed oil content when engineered with increased activity in Camelina. Data obtained from increasing activity of the other three targets, C3019, C3021, and C3022 indicates these represent good targets for CRISPR genome-editing. Pure field grown seed of C3020 is being produced in 2021 for subsequent larger scale evaluation.   

  • Expanding our Intellectual Property Portfolio. In 2021, U.S. patents were granted on two traits in-licensed by Yield10 including trait C3007 for increasing oil content, as well as for the Camelina omega-3 (DHA+EPA) oil trait. In July, a U.S. patent was allowed for the synthetic biology trait C3006 developed in-house to increase seed yield and oil content in Camelina.

COVID-19 Impact on Operations. The Company has implemented business continuity plans to address the COVID-19 pandemic and minimize disruptions to ongoing operations. To date, despite the pandemic, we have been able to move forward with the operational steps required to execute our 2021 field trials in Canada and the United States. However, it is possible that any potential future closures of our research facilities, should they continue for an extended time, could adversely impact our anticipated time frames for evaluating and/or reporting data from our field trials and other work we plan to accomplish during 2021 and beyond.


Cash Position

Yield10 Bioscience is managed with an emphasis on cash flow and deploys its financial resources in a disciplined manner to achieve its key strategic objectives.

Yield10 ended the second quarter of 2021 with $20.6 million in unrestricted cash and investments; a net decrease of $2.1 million from unrestricted cash and investments of $22.7 million versus the previous quarter ended March 31, 2021. Net cash used by operating activities during the second quarter of 2021 was $2.1 million compared to $2.3 million used in the second quarter of 2020. The Company continues to estimate net cash usage during the full year 2021 within a range of $10.0 - $11.0 million.

The Company's present capital resources are expected to fund its planned operations into the second quarter of 2023. Yield10's ability to continue operations after its current cash resources are exhausted depends on its ability to obtain additional financing, including public or private equity financing, secured or unsecured debt financing, and receipt of additional government research grants, as well as licensing or other collaborative arrangements.

Operating Results

Grant revenue for the second quarter of 2021 and the second quarter of 2020 was consistent at $0.2 million. Research and development expenses increased by $0.5 million from $1.2 million during the second quarter of 2020 to $1.7 million in the second quarter of 2021. This increase was primarily the result of higher stock-based compensation costs, a non-cash charge, and expanded Camelina field trials and related work being undertaken during 2021 at sites in the U.S., Canada and Argentina. General and administrative expenses increased by $0.4 million from $1.2 million during the second quarter of 2020 to $1.6 million during the second quarter of 2021. This increase was partly due to higher stock-based compensation expense as well as from costs associated with recruiting and hiring additional professional staff. Yield10 also incurred higher consulting expenses during the second quarter of 2021 in connection with early stage Camelina business development activity.

Yield10 reported a loss from operations of $3.1 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021, compared to a loss from operations of $2.1 million for the same quarter of 2020. The Company also reported a net loss after income taxes of $3.1 million, or $0.64 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2021, in comparison to a net loss after income taxes of $1.8 million, or $0.92 per share, for the three months ended June 30, 2020. During the second quarter of 2020, Yield10 recognized $0.3 million of income within other income (expense) from its PPP loan that was issued and forgiven pursuant to the CARES Act.

For the six months ended June 30, 2021, the Company reported a loss from operations of $5.6 million in comparison to a six-month loss from operations of $4.8 million during the same period of 2020. Net loss after taxes was $5.7 million and $5.4 million during the six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively. Year to date grant revenue earned through June 30, 2021 and June 30, 2020 was $0.4 million for both periods. Research and development and general and administrative expenses were both $3.0 million during the six months ended June 30, 2021. In comparison, research and development and general and administrative expenses were both $2.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020. During the first six months of 2020, Yield10 reported a loss of $1.0 million within other income (expense) as a result of a change in fair value of its warrant liability. The Company also reported the $0.3 million of income from its forgiven PPP loan during the six months ended June 30, 2020.

Conference Call Information

Yield10 Bioscience management will host a conference call at 4:30 p.m. (ET) today to discuss the second quarter 2021 results. The Company also will provide an update on the business and answer questions from the investor community. A live webcast of the call with slides can be accessed through the Company's website at www.yield10bio.com in the investor relations events section. To participate in the call, dial toll-free 877-709-8150 or 201-689-8354 (international).

To listen to a telephonic replay of the conference call, dial toll-free 877-660-6853 or 201-612-7415 (international) and enter pass code 13720690. The replay will be available until August 25, 2021. In addition, the webcast will be archived on the Company's website in the investor relations events section.

About Yield10 Bioscience

Yield10 Bioscience, Inc. is an agricultural bioscience company that is using its differentiated trait gene discovery platform, the “Trait Factory”, to develop improved Camelina varieties for the production of proprietary seed products, and to discover high value genetic traits for the agriculture and food industries. Our goals are to efficiently establish a high value seed products business based on developing superior varieties of Camelina for the production of feedstock oils, nutritional oils, and PHA bioplastics, and to license our yield traits to major seed companies for commercialization in major row crops, including corn, soybean and canola. Yield10 is headquartered in Woburn, MA and has an Oilseeds Center of Excellence in Saskatoon, Canada.

For more information about the company, please visit www.yield10bio.com, or follow the Company on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. (YTEN-E)

Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The forward-looking statements in this release do not constitute guarantees of future performance. Investors are cautioned that statements in this press release which are not strictly historical statements, including, without limitation, expectations regarding Yield10’s cash position, cash forecasts and runway, expectations related to research and development activities, intellectual property, the expected regulatory path for traits, reproducibility of data from field tests, the timing of completion of additional greenhouse and field test studies, the planting and the outcomes of 2021 field tests and seed scale-up activities, the signing of research licenses and collaborations, including whether the objectives of those collaborations will be met, whether the Company will be able to generate proof points for traits in development and advance business discussions around its Camelina business plan, the potential impact on operations of the COVID-19 pandemic, and value creation as well as the overall progress of Yield10 Bioscience, Inc., constitute forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated, including the risks and uncertainties detailed in Yield10 Bioscience’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Yield10 Bioscience assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release or with respect to the announcements described herein.


Yield10 Bioscience:
Lynne H. Brum, (617) 682-4693, LBrum@yield10bio.com

Investor Relations:
Bret Shapiro, (561) 479-8566, brets@coreir.com
Managing Director, CORE IR

Media Inquiries:
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FischTank PR


(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 Three Months Ended
June 30,
 Six Months Ended
June 30,
 2021 2020 2021 2020
Grant revenue$174   $221   $370   $400  
Total revenue174   221   370   400  
Research and development1,651   1,179   2,967   2,639  
General and administrative1,604   1,179   3,036   2,566  
Total expenses3,255   2,358   6,003   5,205  
Loss from operations(3,081)  (2,137)  (5,633)  (4,805) 
Other income (expense):       
Change in fair value of warrants         (957) 
Loan forgiveness income   333      333  
Other income (expense), net   15   (1)  48  
Total other income (expense)   348   (1)  (576) 
Net loss from operations before income taxes(3,081)  (1,789)  (5,634)  (5,381) 
Income tax provision(11)  (7)  (19)  (15) 
Net loss$(3,092)  $(1,796)  $(5,653)  $(5,396) 
Basic and diluted net loss per share$(0.64)  $(0.92)  $(1.23)  $(2.95) 
Number of shares used in per share calculations:       
Basic and diluted4,868,156   1,957,927   4,583,723   1,827,526  

(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 June 30,
 December 31,
Current Assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$15,641   $3,423  
Short-term investments4,921   6,279  
Accounts receivable76   86  
Unbilled receivables38   27  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets509   527  
Total current assets21,185   10,342  
Restricted cash264   264  
Property and equipment, net949   921  
Right-of-use assets2,537   2,712  
Other assets275   283  
Total assets$25,210   $14,522  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity   
Current Liabilities:   
Accounts payable$101   $60  
Accrued expenses1,237   1,297  
Lease liabilities485   457  
Total current liabilities1,823   1,814  
Lease liabilities, net of current portion2,915   3,163  
Other long-term liabilities10   13  
Total liabilities4,748   4,990  
Commitments and contingencies   
Stockholders’ Equity:   
Preferred stock ($0.01 par value per share); 5,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued or outstanding     
Common stock ($0.01 par value per share); 60,000,000 shares authorized at June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020; 4,868,466 and 3,334,048 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively49   33  
Additional paid-in capital401,319   384,758  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(153)  (159) 
Accumulated deficit(380,753)  (375,100) 
Total stockholders’ equity20,462   9,532  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$25,210   $14,522  

(in thousands)

 Six Months Ended
   June 30,
 2021 2020
Cash flows from operating activities   
Net loss$(5,653)  $(5,396) 
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash used in operating activities:   
Depreciation and amortization108   91  
Change in fair value of warrants   957  
Loan forgiveness income   (333) 
Loss on disposal of fixed assets   206  
Charge for 401(k) company common stock match69   66  
Stock-based compensation739   297  
Non-cash lease expense175   262  
Deferred income tax provision14   27  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:   
Accounts receivable10   59  
Unbilled receivables(11)  (39) 
Prepaid expenses and other assets24   84  
Accounts payable41   (129) 
Accrued expenses(69)  (390) 
Lease liabilities(220)  (391) 
Other liabilities(3)  17  
Net cash used for operating activities(4,776)  (4,612) 
Cash flows from investing activities   
Purchase of property and equipment(136)  (42) 
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment   10  
Purchase of investments(3,891)  (503) 
Proceeds from the maturity of short-term investments5,250   999  
Net cash provided by investing activities1,223   464  
Cash flows from financing activities   
Proceeds from warrants exercised3,856   1,658  
Proceeds from PPP loan   333  
Proceeds from public offering, net of issuance costs11,993     
Taxes paid on employees' behalf related to vesting of stock awards(83)    
Net cash provided by financing activities15,766   1,991  
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash5   (48) 
Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash12,218   (2,205) 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period3,687   5,749  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period$15,905   $3,544