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AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. Announces Results for the Quarter and Six Months Ended June 30, 2019

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MAYNARD, Mass., Aug. 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. (AQB) (“AquaBounty” or the “Company”), a land-based aquaculture company utilizing technology to enhance productivity and sustainability, announces the Company’s financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2019.

Financial and Operational Summary:

  • Stocked the Company’s Indiana and Rollo Bay farm sites with AquAdvantage Salmon eggs to commence grow-out and proceed toward commercialization;

  • completed a second public offering of common shares, raising net funds of $5.8 million;

  • with commercial facilities now employed, completed the close-down of the Company’s demonstration farm in Panama;

  • net loss for the six-month period ended June 30, 2019, increased to $6.8 million from $5.2 million in the corresponding period of the previous year, and net loss for the three-month period ended June 30, 2019, increased to $4.0 million from $2.8 million in the corresponding period of the previous year, due to increases in headcount and associated ramp-up costs at the Company’s grow-out farm in Indiana, stock compensation charges, and legal fees in support of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) defense of their approval of AquAdvantage Salmon; and

  • cash at June 30, 2019, was $10.4 million (December 31, 2018: $3.0 million).

Sylvia Wulf, Chief Executive Officer of AquaBounty, stated: “This past quarter was an historic one for AquaBounty, as the FDA’s lifting of the Import Alert on AquAdvantage Salmon allowed us to stock our eggs at our Indiana farm site and, for the first time ever, grow our fish in the United States. We also stocked our new farm in Rollo Bay on Prince Edward Island and completed a second equity fundraise to continue to improve our balance sheet.

“I am also pleased to welcome David Melbourne, Jr. to AquaBounty in his new role as Chief Commercial Officer and I would like to announce the appointment of Dr. Mark Walton to the position of Vice President of Research and Regulatory Affairs following the retirement of Dr. Ronald Stotish. With these changes, we continue to build and strengthen our senior management team as we move forward to execute our commercial plan.”

About AquaBounty Technologies:

AquaBounty is a leader in the field of land-based aquaculture and the use of technology for improving its productivity and sustainability. The Company’s objective is to ensure the availability of high-quality seafood to meet global consumer demand, while addressing critical production constraints in the most popular farmed species. For more information about AquaBounty, visit www.aquabounty.com.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, each as amended. All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this press release are forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the potential for grow-out of our fish at our Indiana and Rollo Bay facilities, the commercialization of our products, and the execution of our commercial plan. Forward-looking statements may be identified with words such as “will,” “may,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “upcoming,” “believe,” “estimate,” or similar terminology, and the negative of these terms. Forward-looking statements are not promises or guarantees of future performance and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof, and, except as required by law, we undertake 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.

AquaBounty Technologies, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(unaudited)

As of

June 30,

December 31,

2019

2018

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

10,400,795

$

2,990,196

Certificate of deposit

12,866

12,361

Other receivables

109,896

115,982

Inventory

210,345

76,109

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

555,946

315,969

Total current assets

11,289,848

3,510,617

Property, plant and equipment, net

24,621,309

23,716,768

Right of use assets, net

426,735

Definite-lived intangible assets, net

164,440

171,292

Indefinite-lived intangible assets

191,800

191,800

Other assets

80,583

80,583

Total assets

$

36,774,715

$

27,671,060

Liabilities and stockholders’ equity

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$

1,977,030

$

824,900

Other current liabilities

68,432

20,423

Current debt

139,274

71,613

Total current liabilities

2,184,736

916,936

Long-term lease obligations

384,507

Long-term debt

4,487,004

3,519,821

Total liabilities

7,056,247

4,436,757

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders’ equity:

Common stock, $0.001 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized;

21,598,555 (2018: 15,098,837) shares outstanding

21,598

15,099

Additional paid-in capital

155,803,946

142,707,957

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(401,846

)

(574,186

)

Accumulated deficit

(125,705,230

)

(118,914,567

)

Total stockholders’ equity

29,718,468

23,234,303

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

36,774,715

$

27,671,060


AquaBounty Technologies, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
(unaudited)

Three Months Ended
June 30,

Six Months Ended
June 30,

2019

2018

2019

2018

Revenues

Product revenues

$

42,486

$

47,898

$

140,371

$

66,995

Costs and expenses

Product costs

38,992

47,287

120,605

63,519

Sales and marketing

103,390

76,381

175,381

158,028

Research and development

813,449

880,822

1,476,930

1,858,639

General and administrative

3,106,374

1,827,991

5,142,868

3,214,864

Total costs and expenses

4,062,205

2,832,481

6,915,784

5,295,050

Operating loss

(4,019,719

)

(2,784,583

)

(6,775,413

)

(5,228,055

)

Other income (expense)

Gain on disposal of equipment

8,548

10,585

8,548

11,745

Interest expense

(14,212

)

(5,283

)

(27,550

)

(10,685

)

Other income (expense), net

(1,348

)

(1,868

)

3,752

(3,941

)

Total other income (expense)

(7,012

)

3,434

(15,250

)

(2,881

)

Net loss

$

(4,026,731

)

$

(2,781,149

)

$

(6,790,663

)

$

(5,230,936

)

Other comprehensive income (loss):

Foreign currency translation income (loss)

84,788

(85,811

)

172,340

(197,929

)

Total other comprehensive income (loss)

84,788

(85,811

)

172,340

(197,929

)

Comprehensive loss

$

(3,941,943

)

$

(2,866,960

)

$

(6,618,323

)

$

(5,428,865

)

Basic and diluted net loss per share

$

(0.19

)

$

(0.22

)

$

(0.37

)

$

(0.42

)

Weighted average number of common shares -

basic and diluted

21,313,055

12,787,761

18,515,907

12,366,657

For more information, contact:
Dave Conley
Corporate Communications
AquaBounty Technologies, Inc.
+1 613 294 3078