Stellar Biotechnologies Reports Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Results

Stellar Biotechnologies Reports Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Results

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- Company prepares to support expanded market opportunities

- Expenditures in line with management plans

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Stellar Biotechnologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBOT), a leading manufacturer of a key protein utilized in multiple immunotherapy development pipelines targeting Alzheimer's, lupus, diabetes and cancers, among other diseases, today reported financial results for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2017 and provided an update on its business.

During fiscal year 2017, the company advanced a number of strategic initiatives to optimize its manufacturing operations and to secure additional locations for the biologic source of KLH. Stellar currently has multiple customers with KLH-based drug candidates in Phase 2 studies. While the outcomes of these clinical studies cannot be predicted, the company is preparing for the possible impact that favorable clinical results could have on the KLH market and the company's supply capabilities.

Stellar President and Chief Executive Officer Frank Oakes said that the company has been preparing to meet the broader scope and increased KLH requirements of its customers. "Our immediate focus is to prepare for the successful development of third party drug candidates that rely on Stellar KLH. By closely aligning our business with our strategic customers, we are positioning the company to share in the successful development and commercialization of drug candidates that utilize our KLH products."

Stellar Chief Financial Officer Kathi Niffenegger said, "Our expenditures for the fiscal year were well in line with our plans, reflecting our continued vigilance in managing our working capital and the flexibility of our business model. For fiscal 2018, we expect to prioritize spending for manufacturing and related initiatives as well as capital projects needed to support the future KLH supply requirements of our customers and strategic partners." 

Financial Results for the Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2017

Total revenues for fiscal year 2017 were $0.23 million compared to $1.27 million for the prior year. 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 $0.73 million to $5.45 million for fiscal year 2017 compared to $6.18 million for the prior year.

  • Costs of sales and contract services decreased by $0.57 million to $0.25 million for fiscal year 2017 compared to $0.82 million for the prior year primarily due to decreased product sales.
  • Research and development expenses increased by $0.24 million to $1.97 million for fiscal year 2017 compared to $1.73 million for the prior year. The increase was primarily due to research and development activities intended to increase the scalability and throughput capacity of existing manufacturing systems; improvements in analytical, manufacturing, and purification processes; stability studies; and formulation development.
  • General and administrative expenses decreased by $0.38 million to $2.94 million for fiscal year 2017 compared to $3.32 million for the prior year primarily due to management's actions to reduce corporate expenses, including travel and professional fees, as well as lower legal fees and public company expenses.

For fiscal year 2017, Stellar reported a net loss of $5.03 million, or $0.49 per basic share, compared to a net loss of $5.03 million, or $0.57 per basic share, for fiscal year 2016. 

At September 30, 2017, the company had working capital of $6.4 million. Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $6.6 million.

Stellar will file its Form 10-K for the period ending September 30, 2017 with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday, December 1, 2017. To view the Company's filings under Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K, please visit the website of the Securities and Exchange Commission (www.sec.gov). 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
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 Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Expressed in US Dollars)










Year Ended




September 30,

September 30,

September 30,




2017

2016

2015













Total Revenues

$        228,287

$     1,271,689

$        758,689







Expenses:





Costs of sales and contract services 

250,042

818,566

580,824


Costs of aquaculture

284,411

309,262

259,423


Research and development 

1,973,400

1,729,445

1,029,489


General and administrative

2,944,980

3,322,772

3,227,545








Total Expenses

5,452,833

6,180,045

5,097,281







Loss from Operations

(5,224,546)

(4,908,356)

(4,338,592)







Other Income (Loss):





Foreign exchange gain (loss)

162,028

76,800

(653,333)


Gain (loss) in fair value of warrant liability

-

(211,956)

2,131,062


Other income 

32,670

24,632

54,634







Income tax expense

800

7,200

36,800







Net Loss

$   (5,030,648)

$    (5,026,080)

$    (2,843,029)







Loss per common share:





Basic and diluted

$             (0.49)

$             (0.57)

$             (0.36)







Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:





Basic and diluted

10,237,213

8,826,312

7,956,962

 











Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Expressed in US Dollars)




September 30, 

September 30,




2017

2016






Assets:




Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments 

$    6,565,352

$   11,405,698


Other current assets

193,095

693,957


Noncurrent assets

961,558

838,149







Total Assets

$    7,720,005

$   12,937,804






Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity:




Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 

$        320,947

$        623,644


Shareholders' equity

7,399,058

12,314,160







Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity 

$    7,720,005

$   12,937,804

 







Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows


(Expressed in US Dollars)











Year Ended




September 30,

September 30,

September 30,




2017

2016

2015







Cash Flows Used In Operating Activities:





Net loss

$   (5,030,648)

$    (5,026,080)

$    (2,843,029)


Items not affecting cash:






Depreciation and amortization  

179,322

149,565

159,521



Share-based compensation

115,546

259,379

267,222



Foreign exchange (gain) loss

(162,028)

(76,800)

653,333



(Gain) loss in fair value of warrant liability

-

211,956

(2,131,062)


Changes in working capital items

198,159

(23,649)

(518,380)







Net cash used in operating activities

(4,699,649)

(4,505,629)

(4,412,395)







Cash Flows From Investing Activities:





Acquisition of property, plant and equipment

(302,733)

(402,271)

(274,589)


Purchase of short-term investments

(5,005,607)

(11,995,450)

(13,677)


Proceeds on sales and maturities of short-term investments 

7,000,000

13,021,827

410,736


Contribution to joint venture 

-

(66,695)

-







Net cash provided by investing activities

1,691,660

557,411

122,470







Cash Flows From Financing Activities:





Proceeds from issuance of common shares, net of issuance costs

-

5,944,736

-


Proceeds from exercise of warrants and options

-

1,368,260

106,777







Net cash provided by financing activities

-

7,312,996

106,777







Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

162,036

96,623

(629,808)







Net change in cash and cash equivalents 

(2,845,953)

3,461,401

(4,812,956)







Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of year

7,416,904

3,955,503

8,768,459







Cash and cash equivalents - end of year

$    4,570,951

$     7,416,904

$     3,955,503

 

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